Indigenous peoples in Palestine

Following Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, the Jahalin Bedouin, together with four other tribes from the Negev Desert (al-Kaabneh, al-Azazmeh, al-Ramadin and al-Rshaida), took refuge in the West Bank, then under Jordanian rule. These tribes, who number approximately 13,000 people, are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists living in the rural areas around Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho and the Jordan Valley, today part of the so-called “Area C” of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). “Area C”, provisionally granted to Israel in 1995 by the Oslo Accords, represents 60% of the West Bank and is home to all West Bank Israeli settlements, industrial estates, military bases, firing ranges, nature reserves and settler-only by-pass roads, all under Israeli military control.

Yearly update

Read the 2012 yearbook article on indigenous peoples in Palestine to learn about major developments and events during 2011 (internal link)

Download the 2011 yearbook article on indigenous peoples in Palestine to read more about major developments and events during 2010