JNF Resumes Plantings In The Naqab “To Protect The Land From Invaders”


Today, 29 January 2023, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), as a contractor of the Israel Land Administration (ILA), resumed afforestation work surrounding several unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab, primarily Bir Al-Hamam. JNF workers were accompanied by a large contingent of heavily militarized police. This follows similar afforestation work carried out in 2022 – which sparked widespread protests across the Naqab (read more here). This afforestation work is part of the JNF and the state of Israel’s long-term project to displace Bedouins from their ancestral homeland and expand the reach of Judaization in the Naqab by circumventing domestic and international legal obligations. 


To read more about the latest round of the JNF’s afforestation work and a brief explanation of the history of the JNF and its colonial project, CLICK HERE.


Following protests in the Naqab over the JNF’s afforestation work, Israeli companies providing electricity and bus services refused to carry out their duties in Bedouin villages


Adalah: The afforestation work by the Israel Land Authority and the Jewish National Fund on Bedouin lands in the Naqab is illegal and must be stopped immediately


Israeli police violently dispersed demonstrations by Palestinian Bedouins and human rights activists over the Jewish National Fund’s afforestation work in the Naqab