Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Solar Energy For All of Israel and Land for the Bedouins

January 24, 2012 4:01 pm 5 comments
Solar energy for all of Israel's citizens

The author, Yosef Abramowitz, with Haj Mousa Tarabin at the Ketura Sun Solar Field at Kibbutz Ketura, Israel Photo: Hannah Schafer

If solar energy is working for Haiti and its good enough for the kibbutzim, then certainly solar energy should be an option to all the citizens of Israel seeking a more sustainable and friendly approach.

Unfortunately, if solar licenses are only issued to Jewish land owners, which is currently the case, Israel is not only depriving part of its citizenry the opportunity to be more environmentally conscious, it’s also providing the world with an example of undemocratic policies.

As a society we are on the edge of history, waiting for approval of the first solar license provided to a Bedouin solar field. About a third of the Negev are made up of Bedouins and we are all lucky that Haj Mousa Tarabin, his family and tribe are willing to be the pioneers at a difficult time politically in the relationship between the Bedouin and the State, to provide land for an 8 megawatt solar field which can hopefully usher in a solar revolution to the Bedouins and the state of Israel.

Assuming the approval is made, a single field should not be the only gesture made by the Israeli government towards the Bedouin people. For there to be energy independence through renewables in the State of Israel the best thing is for a historic land compromise between the Bedouin and the State of Israel that would create a just and mutually beneficial solution to the long-running ownership dispute over large tracts of land in parts of the Negev.

This will bring $3 billion dollars of investment and thousands of green jobs to the poorest community in the State of Israel. We should give them the investment, jobs, and dignity they deserve by approving Bedouin solar licenses and laying the framework for a just compromise on a historic land deal.

5 Comments

  • ploni almoni

    I dont think it is about the Bedouins it is about Yosef and his grandstanding ego. Whatever grabs the journalistic focus yosef will do Be it in high school, Struggle for Soviet Jewry and chaining himself to his dorm at BU or challenging Michael Steinhardt for the leadership of Jewish Youth.

    He is a bleeding heart liberal who loves the limelight.

  • Debroah Boydston

    Wonder about the political persuasion of the Judge? Could he be under instructions from the AG? After all, the courts did not get to try the Black Panther thugs at the Voting Center. And, the AG did label the Ft Hood terrorist attack a “workplace grievance”. It’s not the US that has gone PC, it is the Administration and the AG (in particular.) And, I believe the term PC is a coverup for some serious wrong doing. Changing the labels is part of Saul Alinksy’s tactics in Rules for Radicals. You know, the book SA dedicated to Lucifer. “By their fruits, ye shall know them”

  • So now we have a Beduin people. We have an Arab people, a Palestinian people, a Hamas people and a Beduin people. Each and every one of them has “rights” with which to subdue the jewish people. Beduins are Arab nomads who infiltrate into the land of Israel but have no claim to it. a small minority of beduins serve in the Jewish army, something like 2 percent of the eligible men, to say nothing of women who perform no service. Beduins have brought in innumerbale women as child brides under Sharia law (stupidly respected by the jewish State) and now have four women and many divorcees each, who all collect Social Security cash from the very stupid israelis. So now they want to take part in the sun-boom? Well and good. I suggest they return to the Sinai peninsula, three times larger than israel, sun-drenched, oil drenched, gas-drenched, and there, under Egyptian rule, develop their solar arrays. But no, they will only do such stuff on Jewish territory, while screaming disenfranchisement, while their brothers in Sinai (real brothers, not virtual) blow up the gas-pipe supplying Israel. That’s reality while you guys are playing civil liberties for the “Beduin people”

  • Your article makes it seem like serious racism is going on, and I don’t think that’s the intention but the consequence. It’s about a struggle for marginalized communities to come into their own, and this same struggle is happening in any corner of the world.

  • Messiah's Donkey

    CONGRATULATIONS… it’s about time!

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

    Read more →
  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

    Read more →