[News] Palestinians call for the boycott of music festival - Israel plans to ethnically cleanse tens of thousands of Bedouins
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Partying on ethnically cleansed land
Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 16
Palestinians are calling <https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-indnegev> for
the boycott of a music festival taking place where Israel plans to
tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins.
The InDnegev music festival is scheduled to take place in the Naqab
desert in southern Israel from 24 to 26 October.
The area is where Israel is taking the first steps to forcibly displace
tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins and put them in refugee camps.
Adalah <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/adalah>, a legal advocacy
group, is challenging <https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9826> a
mass displacement that seems imminent.
An Israeli government department discussed displacement plans earlier
this month that, if approved, will see Israeli forces evict the Bedouins
from their homes and place them in “desert refugee or displacement
camps” where they may stay for up to six years.
The Naqab Bedouins hold Israeli citizenship. But like all Palestinians
with Israeli citizenship, they lack basic rights and suffer some 65
Israeli laws <https://www.adalah.org/en/law/index> that directly and
indirectly discriminate against them.
Israeli authorities are not offering just or permanent housing
solutions, says Adalah.
Judaizing the Naqab
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
(PACBI) is urging <https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-indnegev> artists to
withdraw from the festival just as they would from one in apartheid
The InDnegev festival is sponsored by the Negev Development Authority,
the government agency responsible for the “displacement,” or ethnic
cleansing, of the Bedouins.
“This takes the ‘Brand Israel’ program of art-washing apartheid through
culture to its logical conclusion,” PACBI stated.
With little hint of irony, the festival’s website instructs
festival-goers “to respect your neighbors in the camping area” and not
to bring “armed weapons, knives… and gas canisters” to the site.
But the action to remove the Bedouins from their homes is only part of a
larger plan to Judaize the southern region.
The Israeli government has been intent on expelling villagers from
Naqab’s Umm al-Hiran <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/umm-al-hiran>
Bedouin village in order to build a Jewish-only settlement in its place.
They are even trying to force the Palestinians to agree to their own
Israel has demolished another village in the Naqab, al-Araqib
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/al-araqib>, more than 130 times
<https://972mag.com/demolitions-al-araqib-prison-land/139119/> since 2010.
Just a few kilometers away in the Gaza Strip, Israel routinely shoots
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/great-march-return> at Palestinians
with live ammunition and tear gas canisters for demanding their right to
return to lands they were expelled from in 1948.
“We urge all international artists to withdraw from the festival, to
avoid participating in the blatant attempts of Israel’s regime of
apartheid, occupation and settler-colonialism to whitewash its war
crimes and human rights violations against Palestinians,” PACBI stated.
Dancing on looted land
But ethnic cleansing provides the beat to other events.
The DGTL Tel Aviv 2019 festival is taking place this week in Yarkon
Park, built atop the ruins of Jarisha, a small Palestinian village near
Jaffa that was depopulated during the 1948 ethnic cleansing of some
800,000 Palestinians that cleared the way for the establishment of the
State of Israel.
Festival promoters claim to be “always mindful of our environmental and
social impact,” though such concern does not seem to extend to the
Palestinians who were never allowed to return to the lands and homes
from which they were forcibly displaced.
Palestinian civil society is therefore asking artists to withdraw from
It is crimes such as “ethnic cleansing, apartheid and occupation, that
Israel seeks to art-wash through its association with otherwise
progressive festivals and artists,” PACBI said
Similarly, Palestinians are urging
<https://bdsmovement.net/bollywoodstandagainstapartheid> artists to
withdraw from the Indo Fest TLV festival taking place this week.
The festival was indefinitely postponed last year after a boycott
campaign and this year may see a repeat.
Bollywood star and TV personality Sophie Choudry said
“show is not happening” on Twitter, but no official cancellation
announcements have been made on the festival’s website.
Israel’s deputy minister for diplomacy Michael Oren
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/michael-oren> urged Bollywood
artists to visit Israel during a trip to the Indian city of Mumbai in
Oren clearly stated the purpose of his trip.
“In Mumbai inviting Bollywood to Israel. Meeting producers from India’s
massive film industry. The goal: create Israeli jobs and fight BDS,” he
said on Twitter.
In Mumbai inviting Ballywood to Israel. Meeting producers from
India's massive film industry. The goal: create Israeli jobs and
fight BDS pic.twitter.com/LTYKuDGYkG <https://t.co/LTYKuDGYkG>
— Michael Oren (@DrMichaelOren) October 8, 2017
India has in recent years been the largest customer
in the world for Israeli weapons.
Israel moves to corral Bedouins in camps
Maureen Clare Murphy -
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/maureen-clare-murphy>15 October 2019
Israel is moving to forcibly transfer some 36,000 Bedouins into
displacement camps as part of a plan to develop the southern Naqab
desert, a human rights group warns
Those facing forced displacement live in villages not recognized by the
Adalah, a group that advocates for the rights of Palestinians in Israel,
is challenging <https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9677> the planned
One of the projects is a testing facility owned
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9677> by the weapons
manufacturer Elbit Systems <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/elbit>
that would encompass 27,770 acres, more than twice
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9644> the area of Tel Aviv.
The second project, the Sde Barir phosphate mine, is opposed
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9686> by Israel’s health
ministry as well as the communities it would displace.
In early October, a regional Israeli government planning committee
discussed two plans to house Bedouins from unrecognized villages
temporarily. Displacement camps would be used “in cases where the
population is urgently required to move from their living sites before
permanent buildings are established.”
The language used by the planning authorities suggests that mass
displacement may be imminent.
“The Israeli plans would allow authorities to immediately evict and
transfer Bedouin citizens to the new displacement camps for a period of
three to six years,” according to Adalah.
Displacement after displacement
Bedouins residing in unrecognized villages in the Naqab desert have
endured multiple forced displacements
since Israel’s establishment in 1948. Israel prevents these communities
from developing and denies them essential services like water and
Thousands of Bedouins have had their citizenship revoked by Israel in
“It is unreasonable to again coerce displacement to temporary housing
tens of thousands of residents who have been living in their villages
for decades and, indeed, for generations – most of which are actually
located on their traditional tribal lands,” Suhad Bishara, an attorney
with Adalah, stated in a letter to Israel’s southern planning and
Attiya Al-Issam, chair of the Regional Council for the Unrecognized
Villages in the Negev, stated that the “malicious plan” is seen by
Bedouins as “the embodiment of Israel’s Prawer Plan.”
That plan, discussed by Israel’s parliament in 2013, sought to forcibly
transfer tens of thousands of Bedouins in the Naqab into townships.
It was ostensibly frozen
after mass protests by the affected communities. But Israel continued to
promote <https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9049> plans to
concentrate as many as 90,000 Bedouins from 36 villages into a
The original Prawer Plan faced international
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/9049> as well as domestic protest.
The UN Committee on the Elimination for Racial Discrimination called on
Israel to withdraw the plan, while the European Parliament called on
Israel to fully respect the rights of Bedouin communities in the Naqab.
In September last year, the European Parliament adopted a resolution
calling on Israel to “put an immediate end to its policy of threats of
demolition and actual eviction against the Bedouin communities” living
in the Naqab, as well as in the occupied West Bank.
The resolution was passed months after Israel coerced residents
of Umm al-Hiran, an unrecognized village in the Naqab, into agreeing to
be removed from their homes so that a Jewish-only town could be built in
The move was “reminiscent of the darkest of regimes such as
apartheid-era South Africa,” Adalah stated at the time.
Another unrecognized Bedouin village in the Naqab, al-Araqib, has been
demolished by Israeli authorities
more than 100 times to make way for two forests
planted by the Jewish National Fund.
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