The Palestinians’ struggle for the right to their lands continues

On March 30, 1976, in response to Israel’s massive expropriation of Palestinian lands, Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel declared a general strike and held protest marches in the Galilee, the Triangle and the Naqab (Negev). During these demonstrations, six Palestinians were killed and dozens more were injured by police and military fire. These events came to be known as “Land Day”, and each year they are commemorated as they symbolize the Palestinians’ ongoing struggle for their lands.
45 years on, Israel continues to forcibly displace Palestinians from their lands in order to establish and expand Jewish towns, particularly in the Naqab, in the south of Israel. In May 2019, the state initiated lawsuits to evict 500 residents of the unrecognised Bedouin village of Ras Jrabah in the Naqab from lands on which they have lived for generations in order to expand the nearby, primarily Israeli Jewish city of Dimona. The authorities plan to evacuate the residents, who are citizens of Israel, to demolish their homes and resettle them in a segregated town designated solely for the Bedouin population. This move would also cut the residents off from Dimona, on which they heavily rely for employment, health and welfare services.

The State of Israel has a long-standing policy of racial segregation in housing. Recently this policy was further codified in law by Article 7 of The Basic Law: Israel – The Nation State of the Jewish People, which anchors Jewish settlement as a constitutional value.
  • Read Adalah’s Position Paper on the Illegality of Article 7 of the Jewish Nation-State Law: Promoting Jewish Settlement as a National Value (March 2019)

  • Read Adalah’s statement to the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the case of Ras Jrabah and forced displacement in Naqab (March 2021)
The struggle against the forced displacement of the villagers of Ras Jrabah has only just begun. Adalah is defending over 127 residents and their families in the eviction lawsuits. Court proceedings are scheduled to start in one month, on 27 April 2021.
Israel's plan for the evacuation, forced displacement, and segregation of the residents of Ras Jrabah must be stopped. 
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