On 5 May 2015, after 13 years of litigation, the Israeli Supreme Court issued its final decision in the case of the Arab Bedouin vilage of Umm al-Hiran, located in the Naqab (Negev) desert. The decision allows Israel to carry out its racist plan to demolish the vilage and forcibly displace its residents, for the sole purpose of establishing a new Jewish town called ‘Hiran’ over its ruins.
The Court recognized that the residents were not illegal trespassers – as initially claimed by the state – but were moved there in 1956 by Israeli military order, after being displaced from their original vilage of Khirbet Zubaleh. Nonetheless, the Court ruled that, because they were on ‘state land’, the state could retake it and do with it as they wished. The Court did not ask why the new town had to replace the Arab village, when there were vast and empty lands in the surrounding area. The Court also ignored the Bedouin residents’ political, social and historical roots to the land.
With the support of the Bedouin citizens of Umm al-Hiran, and our partners in Israel and abroad, Adalah is launching a public campaign to raise awareness of the village’s struggle and demand the cancellation of the demolition and eviction orders against the residents.
Adalah invites all people to explore and share our resources and information about Umm al-Hiran; engage in social media with the hashtag #Save_UmAlHiran; contact Adalah for tours and visits to the village; make a donation to the campaign; and to mobilize public calls and actions to pressure the Israeli government to end its discriminatory plan.
Stay tuned to our page and our Facebook/Twitter pages in the coming weeks and months as we share news and updates, invitations to public events, and new campaign materials. Join us as we fight to #Save_UmAlHiran.
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News and Events:
More events coming soon.
Reports and summaries:
- Position Paper, “The Dangerous Implications of the Israeli Supreme Court’s Decision on Atir-Umm al-Hiran”, 6 July 2015, updated February 2016
- Report, "Nomads Against Their Will: The Example of Atir-Umm al-Hiran"
- Summary, "The Case of Umm al-Hiran: Demolishing an Arab Bedouin village to build a Jewish one" 12 May 2015
- Summary, Excerpts of Supreme Court decision on Umm al-Hiran (translated to English), 5 May 2015
Newsletters and press releases:
- Press release, "Supreme Court approves demolition of Umm al-Hiran displacement of Bedouin residents to build Jewish town of ‘Hiran'" 6 May 2015
- Newsletter, "Can Israel demolish an Arab village to build a Jewish one?" November 2013
- Newsletter, "Israel's 'Invisibility Cloak': A Village and a Detainee" April 2014
- Video: "Umm al-Hiran Unrecognized Village v. Hiran Settlement" by Adalah and the Negev Coexistence Forum
- Photo gallery: The villagers of Umm al-Hiran
Media articles and op-eds:
- (Adalah Attorney) Myssana Morany, “Israeli authorities hide behind law, ignoring discrimination against Arabs”, Haaretz, 14 May 2015
- (Adalah Advocacy Coordinator) Amjad Iraqi, "High Court okays plan to raze Arab village, build Jewish one in its place", +972 Magazine, 11 May 2015
- (Adalah Board Member) Oudeh Bisharat, "It's 1948 again for Bedouin tribe", Haaretz, 11 May 2015
- Diaa Hadid, "Village of Bedouins faces eviction as Israel envisions a village of Jews", New York Times, 16 May 2015
- Jonathan Cook, "Israeli court says Arab village must make way for Jewish town", Middle East Eye, 15 May 2015
- Ha’aretz Editorial, “Court-approved dispossession of Israeli Bedouin”, 13 May 2015
- Aeyal Gross, "Israel's discrimination gets high court stamp of approval", Haaretz, 11 May 2015
- Amira Hass, "Israeli colonialism, plain and simple", 11 May 2015