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Can We Come to a Solution on the Atir-Umm al-Hiran Case?

The Israel Democracy Institute, Pinsker 4, Jerusalem

A joint program with the Abraham Fund.

Atir-Umm al-Hiran is a Bedouin village in the western Negev that Israel wants to demolish in order to build a Jewish community.

The case of Atir-Umm al-Hiran has the potential to be explosive. If the village is demolished, the case will be used as an example to demonstrate how poorly the State of Israel treats Bedouin's specifically and Arab-Israelis in general. By demolishing Atir-Umm al-Hiran, the country would be displacing a large number of residents that have lived in the community for many years or potentially even decades.

On May 5, 2015, the Israeli Supreme Court decided to approve the state of Israel's plan to demolish the village in a 2 to 1 decision (3094/11). Now, village residents have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.

This roundtable discussion is meant to build a path toward open dialogue, to draft sketches of possibly successful plans, and to find any possible means through which a solution could be reached.

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec, 12, 2015 at the Israel Democracy Institute (4 Pinsker Street, Jerusalem).

This event is by invitation only.