Translated from French by Google
VILLENEUVE D ASCQ / EXHIBITION
The Bedouin of the Negev, "cursed tribes of Israel"?
Published Friday, April 6, 2012 at 06:00
Gadi Algazi, a historian at Tel Aviv, co-founder of Ta'ayush (live together) and Irene Steinert, psychologist and sociologist, member of the French Jewish Union for Peace, have moderated the discussion.
The House of Human Rights welcomes the photographic exhibition, "The Bedouin of the Negev: the Israelis without rights." Last Saturday, it led to a discussion meeting.
GISELE CAPRON> Correspondent
The discussion meeting was hosted by two players, Gadi Algazi, a historian at Tel Aviv, co-founder of the nonviolent movement Ta'ayush (live together, in Arabic), and Irene Steinert, psychologist and sociologist , member of the French Jewish Union for Peace.
The exhibition has traveled throughout France, and since early March, it rotates in the region. "The situation of the Bedouin of the Negev is not known in France.We decided, with the help of Amnesty International, the Forum for Coexistence in the Negev, and the AFPS (Association France Palestine) to present what is happening in Israel today. And that through this exhibition and a series of evening debates involving our organizers witnesses from around the Negev and Palestine, "recalls Frances Lawrence, president of the AFD.
Within the AFPS, Christine Poulain, founder of the association, is the linchpin of the event Villeneuvoise. The exhibition, through photos and documents made available, is instructive. In a journal, printed in Israel in February 2012, stated: "Negev Bedouin nomads are no longer long. The majority has already been urbanized, others cling to their lands and villages that are not recognized by the Jewish state, not on any map, and have no existence equal. Occasionally, one of them is bulldozed. Here live the cursed tribes of Israel. "The exhibition highlights the history of the Bedouins. They were 110 000 to populate the Negev in 1948, it remains more than 11,000 today. In 1960, towards the evictions are many Bedouins, and forced regroupment on a reserve, called, The Siyag. In 1965, the same is declared enclave area of farmland, including prohibiting any construction, and denies Bedouins to their property rights. A few years later, they are pushed seven cities grouping hastily planned.
Since 1967, Israel covets the rich valley of the Jordan and installed many colonies by expelling the inhabitants, including many Bedouins.
Today a project to welcome 500,000 new immigrants in the Negev, and a commitment to expansion of military facilities, completely unaware of the Bedouins, Israeli citizens who live on their reserves. They peacefully resist the demolitions, confiscation of their cattle, to apply pesticides on their fields. An old story now for the Bedouins of the area C in the West Bank. The two speakers attached to relate the evolution of the regime, "unhealthy laws in place since 1948 to justify the destruction of Bedouin villages," they emphasized everyday life of the Bedouins, their traditions, and exposed their acts of resistance. A sentence of Gadi Algazi illustrates the situation: "Bedouins in Israel are the most marginalized, the poorest, the most invisible ... They are citizens in Israel, but as enemies. "W
Gadi Algazi's lecture in German in the panel "Gewalt als mittel der politik", at 43:00 minutes into the program, can be listened to here http://soundcloud.com/boellstiftung/sets/fremde-freunde-3
Are Germany and Israel growing apart?
What do Germans and Israelis have in common? What sets them apart? Experts from both countries discussed their relationship at a conference at Berlin's Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Gadi Algazi, a historian who lives in Tel Aviv, would rather not see Germany on the side of Israel in any potential attack on Iran. A military strike against Iran's nuclear program would be devastating, he says, adding that Germany should never support such a political solution.
In his opinion, Israel's best friends are those young activists who demonstrate alongside Palestinians and Israelis against the occupation in the West Bank.
"One could sum up what we ask of Israel: an end to its colonization politics," he said. "As long as Israel's settlement policy continues, we will not have peace in the Middle East. This is the heart of our tragedy. For that reason, I would call for economic and political pressure on Israel until it agrees to completely stop its colonization."