Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

PHOTOS: Demonstration to save Um el Hiran

1 Comment 30 August 2015

On Sunday August 23 2015, bulldozers began flattening the land to build the Jewish community of Hiran next to the homes of the Bedouin village of Um el Hiran in the Negev desert. According to the outline of the master plan for the community of Hiran, it is going to be built on the land of the village of Um el Hiran and require its demolition. The start of building the temporary site without reaching a solution acceptable to the residents of Um el Hiran threatens the future of the village and leaves its residents in a state of uncertainty.

On August 27th, the residents and Um el Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages, of which RHR is apart, held a demonstration in solidarity with the village. Demonstration participants marched from Um el Hiran to the area where the bulldozers are working.



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The residents of the village of Umm al-Hiran do not oppose the construction of the Jewish community of Hiran, and have repeatedly stated their position that building a joint community or a neighboring community that allows their village to stay intact is a positive option that is acceptable to them. The government of Israel and its various arms, on the other hand, are establishing facts on the ground and ignoring the position of the village’s residents.


Members of the Abu al-Qi’an tribe, who live in the villages of Um el Hiran and Atir, are facing their third eviction since 1949, when they were first evicted from their ancestral lands in the Wadi Zubaleh area near Kibbutz Shoval, and until they were settled by the State in their current location next to the Yatir Forest in 1956. The court recently ruled that the residents of the villages reside in their location with permission from the State and that it is the State that ordered them and allowed them to use the land over the years. Nonetheless, last May the Supreme Court allowed the demolition of the village of Um el Hiran and the eviction of its residents in order to build the Jewish community of Hiran on its land and expand the Yatir Forest on the ruins of the Bedouin village of Atir. A request for another hearing of the High Court ruling is still pending.

Response of the Recognition Forum:

“The plan to build a new Jewish community on the ruins of a Bedouin community that has resided on the site for many years is blatant discrimination affected by racism. We call on the government of Israel to stop the work, enter a dialogue with the residents and reach a solution agreed upon by all sides.”


972 Magazine: PHOTOS: Construction for Jewish town to replace Bedouin village draws ire

General, Occupied Territories

August demolitions in the Jordan Valley/E1 leave 167 homeless

1 Comment 30 August 2015

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Occupied Territories

Volunteers needed: The olive harvest is coming!

1 Comment 30 August 2015

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Book review- Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue

1 Comment 28 August 2015

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Weekly Parasha: Respecting Human rights amidst military victory

1 Comment 27 August 2015

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Press Releases

Demonstration against work on Jewish Hiran on the ruins of the Bedouin Um el Hiran

1 Comment 26 August 2015


The Coalition of Organizations for the Recognition of the Unrecognized Negev Bedouin Villages

The residents of the Bedouin village of Umm el Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev are holding a demonstration and march in the village on Thursday, August 28, 2015 at 11 AM against the beginning of work to build the Jewish community of Hiran on the land of their village after it is demolished

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends letter to defense minister protesting recent wave of home demolitions

No Comments 26 August 2015


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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

THURSDAY: Demonstration in solidarity with Um el Hiran against its destruction

1 Comment 25 August 2015

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Occupied Territories

FRIDAY: Six years of struggle against the expropriation of Sheikh Jarrah and E. Jerusalem!

No Comments 25 August 2015

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Condemnations of recent wave of demolitions in Jordan valley and E1/Maale Adumim area

1 Comment 25 August 2015

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