A petition to defend the rights of Bedouin residents of the village of Atir and Umm al-Hiran, initiated by the residents of Atir and Umm al-Hiran, together with their partners, Amnesty International and several human rights organizations in Israel.
The Arab-Bedouin community of Atir-Umm al-Hiran has been handed with house demolition orders, in order to facilitate the construction of a Jewish-only town, Hiran, in its place. The case has come to public attention after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition against the removal of the residents in May 2015, arguing that the land belongs to the state and thus the Bedouin community has no legal right over Atir-Umm al-Hiran. The Supreme Court Justice recognised that the issue of Palestinian citizens of Israel’s housing rights is filled with “sensitive emotions and political disputes”, yet has failed to provide remedies to their residents. […]
Join Amnesty International Israel in urging the Israeli government to grant legal status and security of tenure to the Bedouin communities in the Naqab/Negev, including Atir-Umm al-Hiran. All efforts to forcibly evict and resettle the inhabitants should be immediately suspended, with all demolitions also being halted until the laws and policies governing the Bedouin in the Naqab are amended to ensure their conformity with Israel’s obligations of non-discrimination under international law.
The materials in this post are taken from: Amnesty’s website