Tomorrow, on 3 March 2016, the residents and allies of the Arab Bedouin village of Atir–Umm al-Hiran in the Naqab will demonstrate in Be’er Sheva to protest the state’s plans to uproot them from their village in order to establish a forest, grazing area, and new Jewish town over its ruins.
The Israeli Supreme Court rejected Adalah’s request to reconsider its decision permitting the destruction of Atir–Umm al-Hiran, home to 1,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, on 17 January 2016. Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor wrote in her decision that the case “is not one that can be considered to be exceptionally-exceptional, the rarest of rare, to warrant another hearing.”
However, just a few months earlier, the Court ruled in a different case that there was no reason for the state to remove a Jewish family, the Zeltzers, from their illegally-built home in the Jerusalem area. Unlike the village of Atir–Umm al-Hiran, the Court claimed that the Zeltzer family home had presented a “unique and special case.”
In Adalah’s view, in approving the demolition of Atir–Umm al-Hiran, the Court has written yet another chapter in the history of expulsion and displacement of the Bedouin families since 1948. The decision legitimizes Israel's longstanding policy against Palestinian citizens of the state, a policy that is rooted in an ideology of racial discrimination, segregation, and dispossession. Read our paper about the case's dangerous implications.
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