Mother and daughter in Al Arakib who have lost their home to Israeli demolitions (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Where is the Bedouin Intifada?

CounterPunch, February 9, 2012 As Israel steps up its expansionist policies both inside and outside the Green Line, the Bedouin community has come under particularly intense pressure. Inside of Israel, the state seeks to Judaize the Negev (Naqab) desert. This “development” includes last  year’s Prawer plan which recommends that Israel relocate some 30,000-40,000 Bedouin citizens, …

Israel declares war on its own people

Al Jazeera English, October 14, 2010 You could easily miss the thin, gravel road that leads to Al Arakib, a Bedouin village in the north Negev. It’s a bit ironic, given the enormity of the struggle there and its deep implications for the Jewish state. Israeli forces have razed the village five times since late …

A different kind of activism

A different kind of activism The Jerusalem Post, September 11, 2009 It’s Friday afternoon in the West Bank village Bil’in. A crowd of protestors—Israeli, Palestinian, and international—is gathered at the barbed-wire separation fence. Facing the IDF on the other side, they chant in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and Spanish. Their voices are punctuated by the occasional …

Identity and crisis

 Identity and crisis: review of Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh’s Surrounded: Palestinian soldiers in the Israeli military The Jerusalem Post, May 15, 2009 An Israeli Arab friend of mine, Saleh, is married to an American woman. He is conflicted: Though part of him would prefer to raise his children here among his family, he chooses to raise …