Silver / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Al-Araqeeb

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Matty Karp

The At-Turi cemetery of the Al-Araqeeb Bedouin dates back to 1914. After the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Israel began to displace the Bedouin of the Negev desert. The Bedouin who came from Al-Araqib ("Gentle Hills") have persisted in returning to their ancestral lands.Israeli courts have so far rejected suits to reclaim this land. The court ruling was left disregarded - the Bedouin came back to the place 120 times to rebuild the structures, but each time they were razed back by the state.The village became a symbol of the struggle against the dispossession of the Bedouin from their land.