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Bedouins, Israeli Citizens Without Rights

Natalie Becker | Israel

The children in the village of Al-arakib running---excited to greet friendly visitors.

Living with uncollected garbage, no water, electricity, public transportation, schools or clinics and dangerously close to hazardous chemical plants, the Bedouins of the Negev, citizens of Israel, struggle every day to save their homes, land, and way of life. Demolition signs are placed on their homes, bulldozers wait nearby to pull their houses down, Israeli special police forces arrive in black uniforms giving them 24 hours to vacate. This silent war against the Bedouins has been going on in different forms since the formation of Israel in 1948. 

The Bedouins, numberings aproximately 160,000, lay claim to these lands for centuries and while the solutions are simple and available, the Israeli government wants the Bedouins of the Negev to give up their agricultural way of life and move into government planned and crowded communities. Approximately 75,000 remain in unrecognized (or illegal) villages.

Omer, a Jewish community, bordering a Bedouin village, has recreation centers, mansions, swimming pools, landscaping, etc. Although so close, Israel does not permit these Bedouin villages to even hook up to the water or electricity.

For more information, or to help, contact:

*Dr. Yeela Raana  Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages  yallylivnat@gmail.com     

*Nuri El-okbi,  Association for Support and Defence of Bedouin Rights in Israel ,

 37 Hativat Street, Beersheba, P.O. Box 789  Tel:009727231687

Khalil Alamour, ycantmeetu@hotmail.com

P.O.B.735, Beersheba, 84106 Israel, Tel +9720522700365

 

nbecker2@nyc.rr.com

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