• Indigenous peoples in Palestine

    Indigenous peoples in Palestine

    The indigenous peoples of Palestine are the Jahalin, al-Kaabneh, al-Azazmeh, al-Ramadin and al-Rshaida Bedouins. Israel abstained from voting for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the indigenous peoples living in Palestine are still living with demolitions and confiscations of their property as well as restricted rights to movement.
  • Rights

    2007: Israel abstains from voting for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Documentation

    27,000 pastoral herders are currently facing major humanitarian issues
  • Risk

    7,000 Bedouins living in 46 small communities in the Jerusalem Periphery are especially at risk

Palestine

Indigenous Peoples in Palestine

The indigenous peoples of Palestine are the Bedouin Jahalin, al-Kaabneh, al-Azazmeh, al-Ramadin and al-Rshaida. Israel refrained from voting for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and indigenous peoples in Palestine live in a constant state of fear, caused by the demolition and confiscation of their property, as well as the restriction of their rights of circulation.


Jahalin, al-Kaabneh, al-Azazmeh, al-Ramadin and the Bedouin al-Rshaida

After the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948, the Bedouin Jahali, al-Kaabneh, al-Azazmeh, al-Ramadin and al-Rshaida of the Negev desert took refuge in the West Bank. These tribes are semi-nomadic nomadic shepherds who live in rural areas around Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho and the Jordan Valley.

The situation of the indigenous Palestinian Bedouins, approximately 27,000 pastors of pastors living under complete Israeli military control, is currently a major humanitarian problem. The 7,000 Bedouins living in 46 small communities on the outskirts of Jerusalem are at greater risk.

The issue is more complex when it comes to the indigenous status of refugee Bedouins living in the occupied Palestinian territory, where some Bedouins own land. They have no rights, but may have access to greater protection under emerging laws and academic studies on indigenous rights.

Main challenges for the indigenous peoples of Palestine

Bedouins live in an environment that is being eroded and increasingly impoverished and vulnerable. His future is bleak and his tragic situation. There are no known Israeli plans for forced displacement that promote their free, prior and informed consent, nor are the plans designed to maintain the tradition of sustainability, independence or cultural integrity of the Bedouin.


The majority of Area C Bedouins in the OPT have minimal access to education, and currently, at least 56 schools in this area have orders pending demolition or detention. Since September 2017, 3 schools were demolished or their teams confiscated from 132 children.

Indigenous World 2020: 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 are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists living in the rural areas around Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho and the Jordan Valley.

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Indigenous World 2019: 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 are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists living in the rural areas around Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho and the Jordan Valley.

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About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

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