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,



4 thoughts on “September 11th 2011, Israeli style

  1. Speaking of education funding, which you weren’t but soon will be, what is the knowledge on this little disgrace?

    That’s right, highly paid officers get their kid’s public school fees subsidised, while the plebs get their EMA chopped.

    Officers claim ‘operational effectiveness’ would be harmed if they had to cough up from their own salaries.
    Eton pal of Cameron’s gets favourite treatment?

    Could you make it up?

  2. Hate to say it, but as a voter I look to the green party to focus on environmental issues, not the eternally chewed over Palestine issue that doesn’t mean much to anyone’s day to day lives.

    • Dear Green,

      Environmental issues are just that because human societies are involved.

      If we’re not prepared to challenge the commitment to miltarism by countries such as Britain, the USA and Israel, spending vast amounts of their income on the military, using those weapons in specious contexts, then the environment is going to suffer.

      Such action, of course, is just a subset of other human actions, often hugely dictated by corporate greed for profit, which mean degradation of many localities.

      Rather than looking for sticking plasters for environmental issues, we need to get at the roots of why we do this to ourselves, others and the planet. Militarism, imperialism, devloping nuclear arsenals, shooting reporters, children, or whoever, forcing others to live in harsh conditions, occupying others’ land, all has to be challenged.

      Sorry for the horribly late reply.

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