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Middle East, Asia
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Palestine, Israel, Bedouin, West Bank
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The West Bank is an Israeli-occupied, Palestinian territory that is home to approximately 17,000 Bedouin tribespeople. The Bedouin endure crippling poverty and degradation. They are now facing a breakdown of their traditional  nomadic and agro-pastoralist culture and simply have nowhere left to go.
Gabriel Romero

2012 — student award of excellence

The West Bank is an Israeli-occupied, Palestinian territory that is home to approximately 17,000 Bedouin tribespeople. This population is comprised of five separate tribes who are traditionally nomadic and agro-pastoralist. These Bedouin originate in the Negev Desert but, following the 1948 establishment of the State of Israel, they were forced to move from the Negev and into an area west of the Jordan River, at that time administered by Jordan. Following the 1967 Six Day War, they found themselves under the administration of an Israeli government that has occupied the area known as the West Bank ever since.

The current plight of these Bedouin is a tragic consequence of the occupation, under which they endure crippling poverty and degradation. Israel’s introduction of a separation wall in 2004, and its expansion of illegal Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank have further pushed the Bedouin into small, slum-like camps, effectively ending their nomadic existence. The Israeli government does not permit the Bedouin to build permanent structures and the army - with little or no warning - regularly destroys their temporary ones under the pretext of a violation of the law. 

The future of the Bedouin throughout the West Bank is extremely uncertain. They are now facing a breakdown of their traditional culture and simply have nowhere left to go.

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A village elder in the ruins of his home in Al Auja that Israeli forces demolished the previous night. Dec. 4, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
Children at play in Abu Dahuk. Nov. 27, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
The feet of one of the youngest victims of displacement. Most young Bedouin children do not have shoes. Dec. 21, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
A barefoot girl crouches in the dust and rocks of her camp at Wadi Meleh. Nov. 25, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
Children stand on the roof of a makeshift mosque that was destroyed the day before. Dec. 4, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
A boy explores the ruins of his newly demolished home in the Bedouin camp of Al Auja. Dec. 4, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
A Bedouin family forced to live in their animal pen after the Israeli army destroyed their home. Dec. 21, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
A dead sheep that had lived through the bulldozing of a pen that killed over 30 other sheep, only to die the next day from its injuries. Dec. 4, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
A man carries tin sheets to help repair a dwelling that was nearly destroyed during the previous day’s demolitions. Dec. 10, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)
Sheep feeding on dried palm fronds as a storm looms on the horizon that would later drop 4 feet of snow. Dec. 10, 2013. West Bank, Palestinian Territories. (Photo by Gabriel Romero/Alexia Foundation ©2014)