13104 Ethnic Forced Relocation – Jahalin Bedouins in the West Bank

April 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

by Giuliano Camarda
with Vento di Terra ONLUS

This work describes the plight of the Arab Al-Jahalin Bedouin community living in the area E-1 of the West Bank, where Israel is planning to expand its illegal settlements, evicting the bedouin communities living in this area.

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The report

The aim of this work is to show a deeper perspective of the living conditions of the Arab Al-Jahalin, the biggest bedouin community that lives in the West Bank Area called E-1, part of the Area C, few kilometers far from East Jerusalem, where Israel retains control over security as well as planning and zoning, and holds strategic significance for further expansion of illegal Israeli settlements. The israeli strategic plan is to divide the West Bank, eroding the geographic platform for a Palestinian state by dividing it into three separate blocs: the Gaza Strip, south West Bank and north West Bank. The impact for the Palestinian population living in and surrounding the area will be disastrous.
The bedouins live in miserable shacks, without electricity or running water, grazing their sheeps between debris and dreaming of the flourishing Negev desert, where they have been forcefully evicted, across the 1949 armistice lines by Israeli authorities. In the last 15 years the Bedouin communities have been subject to demolition, requisition of cattle, attacks by settlers, aimed to get away from the area. But despite this, the communities have shown determination and unbelievable resilience, who led the Israeli military authorities to draw up a “plan of relocation” which ignore the aspirations, needs, traditions and the system of relations inherent in the Bedouin culture.

The author

Born in Rome in 1978
Freelance photographer since 2008.
In July 2009 he attended a Reportage Photography course at the London College of Communication.
December 2009, degree in Master in Photojournalism at Contrasto Agency in Milan.
He has worked in Bosnia Herzegovina developing several issues about the war aftermath. Actually he’s working in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on a long term project. Mainly focused on projects with social and humanitarian aspects. He collaborated with NGOs such as CESVI, Caritas Italiana, La Carovana del sorriso, Vento di Terra. His works have been published on National Geographic Italia, Repubblica.it, Sky TG24, Foreign Policy, ABC News, Donna Moderna, Witness Journal, ZOOM, among others.
Actually based in Rome
Distributed by REDUX Pictures

The project

The project aims to promote the basic rights of the Bedouin communities, in particular children’s right to education and women empowerment, focusing on the most vulnerable communities living in Area C.

Main aim is to sustain the fundamental right of Bedouin communities living in area C and in particular the right to education for Bedouin children. Specific objective is to consolidate the presence of social and educational services in support to Bedouin children and families in the most isolated areas.
Expected results are: 2 social services have been activated in the targeted area and involve at least 200 children and families; the two services are located in the tires school and in the bamboo school; a mobile service has been activated and serve the communities the most isolated; the educational local staff has been trained on educational techniques and advocacy; a network made of local and international agencies has been created in order to strengthen advocacy action for Bedouin human rights; projects promoting primary school rehabilitation and a study for mobile and low cost health services have been submitted to donors in order to face the humanitarian situation on site.

The entity

Vento di Terra is an Italian Ngo funded in 2006. VdT exclusively pursues aims of solidarity and operates democratically without political, religious or ethnic distinctions, in observance of equal opportunities, gender differences and  human rights. VdT is the meeting point of different professionalism in the field of education, bio-architecture and international cooperation. VdT mission is to promote international cooperation and peace education. VdT methodology is based on participatory planning and networking, focused on the active involvement of partners, project beneficiaries and civil society. VdT projects are based on the activation of large and proactive local networks and aim at increasing development opportunities in the full valorization of local resources. VdT promotes interventions in different sectors: support to micro-entrepreneurship; education; bio-architecture and self-construction; capacity building; health; human rights; peace education; humanitarian emergency


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