SOAS University of London

Centre for Jewish Studies

Book Launch: Sandy Kedar, 'Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev'

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Date: 16 October 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 16 October 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: R201

Type of Event: Book Launch

We are delighted to host Sandy Kedar for a launch of: Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev (Stanford University Press, 2018) by Alexandre Kedar, Ahmad Amara and Oren Yiftachel.

Emptied Lands investigates the protracted legal, planning, and territorial conflict between the settler Israeli state and indigenous Bedouin citizens over traditional lands in southern Israel/Palestine. The authors place this dispute in historical, legal, geographical, and international- comparative perspectives, providing the first legal geographic analysis of the “dead Negev doctrine” used by Israel to dispossess and forcefully displace Bedouin inhabitants to Judaize the region. The authors reveal that through manipulative use of Ottoman, British and Israeli laws, the state has constructed its own version of terra nullius. Yet, the indigenous property and settlement system still functions, creating an ongoing resistance to the Jewish state. Emptied Lands critically examines several key land claims, court rulings, planning policies and development strategies, offering alternative local, regional, and international routes for justice.


Alexandre Kedar teaches at the University of Haifa School of Law and is a co-editor of The Expanding Spaces of Law (Stanford, 2014). He is a co-founder of The Israeli Association for Distributive Justice.

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