The village of al-‘Araqib has been destroyed and rebuilt more than nineteen times in the ongoing “battle over the Negev,” an Israeli state campaign to uproot the Palestinian Bedouins from the northern threshold of the desert. Unlike other frontiers fought over during the Israel-Palestine conflict, this one is not demarcated by fences and walls but by shifting climatic conditions. The threshold of the desert advances and recedes in response to colonization, cultivation, displacement, urbanization, and, most recently, climate change. Eyal Weizman’s essay's, first published in Hebrew, incorporates historical aerial photographs, contemporary remote sensing data, state plans, court testimonies, and nineteenth-century travelers’ accounts, exploring the Negev’s threshold as a “shoreline” along which climate change and political conflict are deeply and dangerously entangled.
The book was published by Zochrot and Babel Publication House. Click here to purchase the book via Babel website.
The book was first published in English by Steidl and Cabinet Books. Click here to purchase the English Vesrion with the co-author Fazal Sheikh.
The book was launched on the 2nd of janaury in Al-Araqib village the Naqab. Click here for the video of the event.
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