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Bedouin woman, Israel

The Naqab Bedouin: New Perspectives

5 October 2015 • 2:00 – 7:00 pm BST
Senate House

This event aims to raise awareness and further interest among policy-makers, development practitioners and scholars on the Naqab case. In 2014 the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s included a discussion on the situation of the Naqab Bedouin in its report on The FCO’s human rights work in 2013 pointing to the urgency and timeliness of discussing recent developments in the Naqab.

It provides a platform for local Naqab Bedouin women, in particular from the younger generation, to voice their viewpoints and bring attention to their forms of activism in the Naqab Bedouin’s struggle. The speakers are prominent local activists engaged in local and international advocacy of different kinds. They will provide analysis and up-to-date information of recent developments in the Bedouin land struggle since the Prawer Plan,  as well as articulate and bring to a wider audience the political narratives, agendas and imaginaries of a new generation of younger female Bedouin activists.

2.00 – 2.30

Opening remarks

Sophie Richter-Devroe, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Carl Soderbergh, Minority Rights Group International

Damien Short, Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London

2.30 – 3.30

Panel 1:  Grassroots and international legal struggle

Chair: Ahmad Amara, New York University

Sana Ibn Bari, Association for civil rights in Israel:  Legal Aspects in the Struggle of the Arab Bedouin Community

Riya Hassan, Naqab community activist: International advocacy and the Bedouin cause

3.30 – 4.00 Coffee Break

4.00 – 5.00

Panel 2:  Bedouin women’s perspectives and the Prawer Plan 

Chair: Richard Ratcliffe, Oxford University

Amal al-Sana al-Hjooj, McGill University: Between community activism, women’s struggles and civil society leadership

Huda Abu Obeid, Elhirk Alshbabi: The Naqab youth movement – new strategies of activism?

5.00 – 5.30 Conclusion 

Bruce Stanley, Richmond University

Mansour Nasasra, Politics and Government Department, Ben Gurion University

5.30 – 7.00 Reception

Organized by:
Human Rights Consortium
Event Type:
Conference / Symposium
Room G34 (Ground Floor)
Venue Details:
Senate House, South Block
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HUDownload a map of the central precinct with directions for getting to the University of London Senate House.

This half-day event on the Naqab Bedouin in Israel is jointly organized by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Minority Rights Group International, and the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It is funded through the AHRC project “Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women’s Oral Histories in the Naqab“.