Lecture: Oren Yiftachel ‘Terra Nullius in Hebrew? Indigenous Bedouins in Comparative Perspectives’

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The Thesis Eleven Forum for Social and Political Theory is very pleased to announce a lecture and seminar with Professor Oren Yiftachel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev).

Terra Nullius in Hebrew? Indigenous Bedouins in Comparative Perspectives

The lecture will revolve around the recently published book — Emptied Landsthe Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights investigates the protracted legal, planning, and territorial conflict between the settler Israeli state and indigenous Bedouin citizens over traditional lands in southern Israel/Palestine. The authors place this dispute in historical, legal, geographical, and international-comparative perspectives, providing the first legal geographic analysis of the “dead Negev doctrine” used by Israel to dispossess and forcefully displace Bedouin inhabitants in order to Judaize the region. The authors reveal that through manipulative use of Ottoman, British and Israeli laws, the state has constructed its own version of terra nullius. Yet, the indigenous property and settlement system still functions, creating an ongoing resistance to the Jewish state by refusing to vacate their lands, and by offering alternatives to the state’s land and planning policies, which have created a new field of negotiation and mobilization for decolonizing the Negev region in general and Bedouins lands in particular.

When: 2-4pm 3rd of September 2018
Where: Business Boardroom BUS129, La Trobe Bendigo Campus.
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Prof. Oren Yiftachel is a political and legal geographer and urban planner who holds the Hurst Family Chair of Urban studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba. Yiftachel has published widely, using critical perspectives to explore the interface of power, space and identities. His recent book (with Kedar and Amara) “Emptied Lands: the Legal Geography of Bedouins Rights” (Stanford  2018).  Yiftachel combines academia and activism, being a founder and leading member of leading civil society and human rights organizations, including Adva, B’tselem (chair 2011-2014) ‘the council for unrecognized Bedouin localities’, and most recently the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement “A Land for All”.

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