Negev Bedouin Society in a Changing Reality

KAS Israel and the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, Tel Aviv University



16:15 – 16:30Opening Session:


Prof. Uzi Rabi, Director of the Moshe Dayan Center

Mr. Michael Mertes, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Israel

16:30 – 18:00First Session: The Consolidation of a Collective Negev Bedouin Identity

Chairperson and discussant:

Dr. Mohanad Mustafa (The college for Academic Studies – Or Yehuda and “Derasat” Center)


Prof. Aref Abu Rabia (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), National and Ethnic Identity among the Negev Bedouins

Mr. Atef Abu Ajaj (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), The Islamic Movement and the Bedouins in the Negev: Development, Dynamics and Strategies

Prof. Ruth Kark (Dr. Seth J. Frantzman and Adv. Havatzelet Yahel), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Development of an Indigenous Discourse on the Bedouin of the Negev

18:00 – 18:30Coffee Break

18:30 – 20:00Second Session: The Relations between State Authorities and Bedouin Society – The Land and Planning Issue

Chairperson and discussant:

Prof. Avinoam Meir (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)


Dr. Batya Roded (Achva Academic College), Indigenous Land Rights vs. Changing Spatial Policy: A Comparative Perspective on the Case of the Arab Bedouins in the Negev

Prof. Haim Sandberg (The College of Management - Academic Studies), The State’s Position on the Land Issue

Dr. Thabet Abu Ras (Director of Adalah’s branch in the Negev), The Prawer Plan from the Perspective of the Bedouin Community

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Hoffein Auditorium (Room 105), Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University


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