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From al-Araqib to Susiya: Forced Displacement of Palestinians on Both Sides of the Green Line

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On Nakba Day, 15 May 2013, Palestinians marked the passing of sixty-five years since the massive forced expulsion of Palestinians from their national homeland. The Nakba commemorations demand reflection not only on the “catastrophe” of the loss of life, land, and property in 1948, but also on Israeli policies that are still dispossessing Palestinians of their land today, sixty-five years later. In a new film (view below), Adalah captures the stories of two ...

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The Turkel Report: A Preliminary Analysis

[A child carring a sign that reads 'massacre on high-seas' stands on the beach-front in Ashdod. Photo by Edo Medicks used under a Creative Commons license.]

The Turkel Report, which includes important evidence and recommendations, may become a dead letter if the international community does not act to ensure that it contributes the pursuance of accountability vis-a-vis Israeli violations of international law and to justice for victims. On 6 February 2013, the Israeli government-appointed Turkel Committee published the second part of its report. The report examines whether Israeli investigations of claims of war crimes and ...

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Israel: Open Independent Investigation into the Suspicious Death following Interrogation of Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat

[Abandoned room and chair. Photo by Brennan Lashever used under a Creative Commons license.]

The undersigned human rights organizations call on the Israeli Attorney General (AG) to open an independent and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of thirty year-old Palestinian detainee Arafat Jaradat in the Meggido Prison according to the Investigation into Circumstances of Death Law. The organizations also call on the international community to demand that the Israeli government respect the rights of Palestinian prisoners and protect their health ...

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After a Seven-Year Struggle, First High School Opens in Abu Tulul Arab Bedouin Village in the Naqab

[Students attending the new high school in Abu Tulul, August 2012. Image from Adalah.]

(Beer el-Sabe, Israel) On Monday, 27 August 2012, the first high school opened in the Arab Bedouin village of Abu Tulul in the Naqab (Negev). The opening of the school is the result of a seven-year struggle conducted by the residents of the village and the surrounding villages and Adalah. This year, the new school is comprised of four tenth grade classes. Next year the school is planned to grow and eleventh grade classes will open; the following year, ...

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Campaign Against the Prawer Plan: Learn and Take Action

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In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan for mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert. If fully implemented, this plan will result in the forced displacement of up to seventy thousand Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the destruction of thirty-five “unrecognized” villages. Despite the Arab Bedouin community's complete rejection of the plan and strong disapproval from the international community and human ...

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Briefing Note: Adalah's Representation of Arab Knesset Members--Protecting the Right to Political Participation

[MK Mohammed Barakeh at a demonstration against settlements in Hebron. Image from ActiveStills.]

Adalah is currently representing four Arab members of the Knesset (MKs): Haneen Zoabi, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, SaNaffaa, and Mohammed Barakeh. The political leadership of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel faces sustained and severe attacks and harassment from Israeli government officials and incitement from extreme right-wing MKs. Arab elected representatives have been stripped of their parliamentary privileges, have had their immunity lifted, and now two members are facing ...

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Increase of Inhumane Punishment by IPS for Thousands of Palestinians Classified as “Security Prisoners” in 2011

[Prisoners in jail in Israel. Image from Physicians for Human Rights – Israel]

4,275 security prisoners are Palestinians from the OPT… fourteen security prisoners are Jewish. According to data that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) provided to Adalah in a letter on 28 February 2012, there were 19,561 prisoners in detention facilities managed by the IPS, 4,631 of them were classified as "security prisoners." 4,275 of the security prisoners were Palestinians who are living in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, 340 are ...

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Why the EU Must Intervene to Stop the Prawer Plan: A Conversation with Dr. Thabet Abu Rass

[Demolished Bedouin structure in the Naqab (Negev). Image by Josh Hough.]

In early April 2012, Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, the Director of Adalah’s Naqab Office, conducted an advocacy mission to Brussels co-hosted by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), of which Adalah is a long-standing, active member. The purpose of the mission was to call attention to the government-approved Prawer Plan, which threatens to forcibly dispossess and displace the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) from their homes and ancestral lands. In this ...

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Press Release: Stop Home Demolitions and the Displacement and Dispossession of the Arab Bedouin in the Naqab on Land Day 2012

[Land Day in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Photo by the International Solidarity Movement, Palestine.]

[The following press release was issued by Adalah--The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel on 27 March 2012.] 30 March 2012 is the thirty-sixth Land Day. The first Land Day began as a general strike in 1976 to protest Israel's policy of confiscating Arab land, and ended with the killing of six Palestinians from Sakhnin and Arrabeh by Israeli security forces. Israel continues to displace and dispossess Palestinian citizens of their land, with the ...

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Press Release: Adalah, Bimkom, the RCUV and Arab Bedouin Living in the Naqab File Objection to Plans for Israeli Army "Intelligence City"

[Building from Israeli Air Force Base in the Negev. Image by John Rice. From US Army Corps of Engineers.]

 [The following press release was issued by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel on 25 March 2012.] (Beer el-Sabe, Israel)--On 19 March 2012, six residents of unrecognized Arab Bedouin villages in the northern Naqab (Negev) filed an official objection (Hebrew) with the Southern District Planning and Building Committee in Beer el-Sabe (Beer Sheva) to government plans to build "Intelligence City". The Israeli ...

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Beautiful Water Day

[Slide from video posted below. Image by Adalah.]

Nearly 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel live in thirty-six unrecognized villages in the Naqab. The State of Israel deliberately limits access to water in these villages, as well as all other basic services, as a means of forcing the Bedouin to give up their just land claims and move to government-planned townships, the poorest in Israel. As the Bedouin community struggles to remain on their ancestral land, most villagers obtain water via improvised, plastic hose ...

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Adalah has been at the forefront of promoting and defending the rights of Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) for over fifteen years. Its work includes challenging discriminatory and racist laws against Palestinian citizens of Israel, advocating for basic services and against home demolitions and evictions in the unrecognized Arab Bedouin villages in the Naqab (Negev), and pursuing accountability for victims of Israeli military operations in the OPT.