The Politics of Land. Archaeology, Architecture and CityPlanning in Israel


A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute.

This season’s theme intends to approach its broad subject via a spectrum of political, legal and cultural perspectives. We will examine more closely how the realities of ‘land’ or ‘territory’ impact on the daily lives of Israeli and foreign citizens living in the State of Israel, be they Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

Please refer for more information on the lecture series to the leaflet here.


The 2nd lecture of the series:

Dr Thabet Abu Rass

‘Land, Power and Resistance in Israel:

The Case of the Bedouins of the Negev’

German Historical Institute London

6.30pm, 3rd December 2015


In this lecture the state policies toward tens of thousands of the indigenous inhabitants of the Negev region in Israel who live in ‘unrecognized villages’, will be highlighted. Militarizing space to secure land has always been one of the means tocontrol land. The Prawer Plan is the current attempt of displacing the Bedouins to finalize their land claims and urbanize them against their will. The landowners have tried all means of resistance including the legal and political ones, however, they didn’t succeed. Therefore, they returned to their tribal roots in a last, butincredibly effective attempt to challenge the imminent confiscation of the lands of their ancestors.


Abu Rass is a political geographer and an expert in land and planning. He teaches courses at Ben Gurion University. His research interests include minority-majority relations, local governments and land and planning. He has been writing extensively about the Bedouin community in the Negev and he is currently the Executive Director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives (Jerusalem).


Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.


Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email or phone 020 7882 5690).


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