September 11th 2011, Israeli style

Rich Wiles, from Hull,  has lived and worked in Palestine for some years.  He has published several books of his photographs and writing.

Desert Displacement and other updates –

On September 11th 2011, the Israeli Knesset approved plans for the forced displacement of 30,000 Palestinian Bedouin from al-Naqab (known as ‘the Negev desert’ in Israel). The displacement of these communities has now been ongoing for more than 60 years.

Since the beginning of 2010, one of these villages – al-Araqib, has been destroyed either in part or entirely more than 20 times. On each occasion after Israel’s heavy

machines of destruction roll out of the village the community collectively respond and begins the reconstruction. After more than 6 decades of collective resistance,

al-Naqab’s Bedouin communities are not about to give up now…


On the PORTFOLIOS section of, the beginnings of a new photographic project – ‘Desert Displacement’, pays homage to the Palestinian Bedouin of

al-Naqab showing something of the conditions the village of al-Araqib is attempting to survive under and showing glimpses of the villagers themselves – their smiles, their anguish, their beauty and their spirit.

A new selection of images have also been added to ‘A Celebration of Us’ – the ongoing project celebrating Dabka, the traditional folkloric dance of Palestine.

Full of light, colour, movement and energy, a collection of this work is still touring Belgium nearly one year after the successful inaugural Belgian showing at the renowned  ‘Foto Museum’ (FoMu) in Antwerp


Copies of all my books are still available through the website in the lead up to Christmas and there is also exciting news about new books coming soon.

My 2010 book ‘Behind the Wall: Life, Love & Struggle in Palestine’ is now available at the discounted rate of £15.50 (plus £2 p+p in UK), and all other books are also discounted. To order copies, please email:

Before the end of this year, the new Lajee Center photographic book will be published celebrating the work of four young artists that I have had the pleasure of working

with over the last few years. From children working on collaborative youth arts projects a few years ago they have now matured in young photographic artists working on

long-term solo projects. The forthcoming book will showcase a selection of work from these long-term projects reduced over the last 2 years within Lajee Center Arts & Media Unit.

For further info, please email:

Early 2012 will also see the release of my new personal book project. Publicity is not going to press as yet, but please watch this space for details of this exciting new book that will

bring together voices from around the world – from grassroots activists and internationally renowned figures from many walks of life. Through global collaboration, a powerful voice

will emerge in the name of justice and freedom…

In friendship and solidarity,



BAE Systems to move 900 Yorkshire jobs to America

Friday’s announcement that BAE Systems will be building Hawk trainers in America comes as no surprise to us.

BAE Systems is largely owned by American stockholders and the majority of its contracts are for the Pentagon. So why shouldn’t an American company be providing American jobs?!

But nothing in these developments is part of the Green Party vision for society.

In the 1970s, British Aerospace used to provide employment for over 10,000 people at Brough, East Yorkshire. The corporation has reduced those numbers year by year to the meagre 1350 left – and now reduced by a further 900 to the skeleton crew that’s left.

It is a stark reminder of how we are at the mercy of big corporations and the banks, somehtting the Green Party has been warning about for years. The Lib-Lab-Con are not going to rescue our communities from these giants.

Corporations, like BAE Systems, will happily wreck entire communities based around the work and industry those communities have performed for them for years. There should be no doubt that this skeleton crew is left with the intention of closing the plant down and selling it off.

We have been warning for decades about the predatory actions of corporations across the world, to societies, to the planet – and now even on our doorstep. Many people accept this as inevitable. But in fact they are all down to political choices. Arms manufacturers have thrived for decades under whatever government Conservative or Labour.

It would be different if we had representatives to tackle them and rein them in, rather than politicians who cosy up to them, who give them the key to Downing Street – literally – who arrange a biillion pounds in hidden subsidies for them. What we have is corporations abusing their power.

The Green plan would see places like Brough, instead of being destroyed by an international giant, retooled for industries which really serve society, like transportation, trains and renewable energy development.

Martin Deane