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Nowhere Left to Go: Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin Ethnic Displacement

Nowhere Left to Go: Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin Ethnic Displacement

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Nowhere Left to Go
Arab al-Jahalin BedouinEthnic Displacement
he Palestinian-Bedouin communitiesliving in the hills to the east o Jerusalemare at an exceedingly growing risk o orcedethnic displacement. he communities havebeen inormed by the Israeli authoritiesthat they have no option but to leave thearea, as part o a larger plan (to begin asearly as January 2012) to relocate Bedouincommunities living in Area C (Jerusalem periphery, Jordan Valley, and south HebronHills), where Israel retains control oversecurity as well as planning and zoning.he Bedouin homes are currently locatedin an area that holds strategic signiicanceor urther expansion o illegal Israelisettlements. his includes the E1 plan, which oresees the expansion o Ma’aleAdumim, an illegal Israeli settlement, andits linkage to Judaized East Jerusalem and Jordan Valley settlements. I implemented,these plans, along with Seperation Barrierconstruction in the area, risk preventing Palestinian growth and developmentand disrupting the territorial contiguityo a uture Palestinian state. he orceddisplacement o the Bedouin would alsobe detrimental to their semi-nomadic wayo lie. As available land shrinks, Bedouinreugees are aced with nowhere to go.Meanwhile, the Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin areseeking ways to improve their general living conditions. Communities living in the areahave appealed to local and internationalorganizations to support projects that willcontribute to improving their conditions, projects designed help the Bedouin tobuild sustainable livelihoods and resistorced ethnic displacement and the IsraeliOccupation.Te Arab al-Jahalin tribe were originallybased in the northern Negev, but wereorceully evicted rom the area, across the1949 armistice lines by Israeli authorities.
Prior to Israel‘s 1967 Occupation o the West Bank, they were herding their livestockbetween Ramallah, Wadi Qelt and Jerusalem,maintaining the traditional Bedouin liestyle.Aer 1967, Israel expropriated most o theArab al-Jahalin lands and tribe members wereconned to an area east o Jerusalem.Troughout the 1990s there were 120 ordersissued or the eviction o the Arab al-JahalinBedouin. Mass evictions occurred in 1996 when 1,400 members o the Arab al-Jahalintribe were evicted rom their encampments,to allow or the expansion o Ma’ale Adumim.Tose evicted were nally resettled in a village named al-Jabal, on expropriatedPalestinian land, on a hillside outside o al-Eizariya, only 300 meters (980 eet) awayrom the Jerusalem Municipal dump.In November 2011, an Israeli CivilAdministration delegation visited thecommunity o Khan Al-Ahmar, to convey
“I was born here, I'vespent most of my life here,and I want to stay here.”
 Eid Hamis Swelem Jahalin
a message that plans are well underwayto transer the Bedouin rom the Ma‘aleAdumim area to al-Jabal near al-Eizariya, thelocation o the Jerusalem municipal garbagedump. Plans or orced transer are thereoreimminent, and
calls or internationalmobilization to prevent such an occurrence,to hold Israeli duty bearers accountable anddeter them rom committing grave violationso international law.

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