IJCMA Book review 29,2 Israel’s Invisible Negev Bedouin: Issues of Land and Spatial Planning by Deborah F. Shmueli and Rassem Khamaisi Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht and London Springer Briefs in Geography 102 pp. $54.99 paper ISBN: 978-3-319-16819-7 Review DOI 10.1108/IJCMA-04-2018-132 Although this book can be narrowly classiﬁed as an inquiry into the “Bedouin problem” in Israel’s Negev desert, also known as the country’s Southern District, a close reading reveals a probing discussion of crucial aspects of a majority-minority (Jewish-Arab) conﬂict over land, civil rights, indigenous rights, spatial planning and counter-planning, population growth and urbanization, with speciﬁc regard to the Negev Bedouin. Israel’s Invisible Negev Bedouin is broadly contextualized in the historical process of the settlement of Jews and Arabs in Eretz-Israel/Palestine, which over the past century and a half has emerged as an arena of struggle between the native rights of the Arabs of the country and Jews’ claims to the country as their “promised land.” This struggle culminated in the 1948 war over the country, which resulted in the expulsion and ﬂight of large numbers of Palestinian Arabs, Bedouin included, to neighboring Arab countries and the imposition of military government over all Arab communities in Israel, which ensued
International Journal of Conflict Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 9, 2018
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