What does it mean when the Israeli government announces that the Bedouin villages are unrecognizable? Unrecognized Bedouin village means that they are considered as illegal settlements, and as a result of their legal status, they are denied from basic rights and services provided by the country1. One recent incident happened in the village of Umm Al-Hiran in which people’s homes where demolished and two people were killed, why has the Israeli government in the first place began demolishing. According to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that was ratified by general assembly resolution 2106 of 21 December 1965, the state parties to this convention are required to compel to protect minority rights and be treated equally and enjoy their human rights. Article 1 of the status proclaims the term racial discrimination shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life’2. According to the above mentioned, I wanted to highlight how human rights are used to dominate the convention stated the protection of minorities without any mean of distinction or exclusion from the public life.
The core argument I want to raise is Israeli settlers that are occupying illegal lands have privilege and rights and Bedouins are unrecognized. Perguini in this article raises the two sides of the same coins example that Bedouins and Israeli settlers are the same coin but human rights is deployed in rhetoric why, in the sense that the protection of Israeli settlements is based on human rights infringement, and the displacement of Palestinians is based on concept of expulsion as an act of justice3. Furthermore, an Israeli NGO Regavim argues that the residents of the Bedouin community are invaders and a threat to the southern lands, this particular discourse crafts an image that the minorities of Bedouins are colonizers and the Israeli government should act. Nicola Perugini through his article The Human Rights of the Settler he highlights a press release of Netanyahu the prime minister of Israel giving a speech condemning the Palestinians demanding a state would be led to ethnic cleansing of Jewish settlers, ‘Netanyahu’s description of any potential evacuation of the West Bank colonies reflects the ethics of settler colonialism in which any attempt to dislocate the settlers is now equated with injustice’. Moreover, Netanyahu has denied that Palestinians have been dislocated and Palestinians were ethnically cleansed in 1948 and 1967. Vice versa Netanyahu has transformed the original cause that Palestinians can claim an Israeli claim that Palestinians are against peace.
Perugini also ascribed in this article that Abba Eban an Israeli diplomat suggested that the withdrawal from the territories in 1967 would correspond to the genocide of the Jewish people. According to this logic, human rights have been turned into a tool to transform the oppressed to an oppressor. 2