Tag Archive for Bedouin

#ApartheidFail: IDF sees sharp increase in Muslim voluntary enlistment

Despite last May’s ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’ and the protests that occurred in many Israeli cities, the IDF reported that the trend of increased numbers of Muslims volunteering for the IDF will likely continue.



Even in the wake of Operation Guardian of the Walls and the violent rioting in mixed cities and other towns, the IDF presented encouraging statistics that show a sharp rise in the number of Muslims drafting to the IDF. Some 606 Muslim Arabs drafted to the IDF in 2020, compared to 489 in 2019 and 436 in 2018. More than half of those who have drafted went to combat roles. Continue Reading »

Israel Border Police rescue 14 yr-old Bedouin girl from Hebron sold for $3000

A 14 yr-old girl from Hebron was sold by her abusive father for about $3000, but with the assistance of the Israel Border Police, has been rescued and taken to a secure location by Israeli welfare services.

By i24NEWS


An Israeli Bedouin girl was sold into marriage by her father, but managed to escape and was rescued by Israeli security forces, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

The 14-year-old who comes from the city of Hebron was sold by her abusive father for close to $3000 but, with the help of Israeli border police, escaped and has been taken to a hiding place by Israeli welfare services. Continue Reading »

New polygamy laws lead to indictment of Bedouin who married 2nd wife

Following new anti-polygamy guidelines that went into effect in January 2017, Israel’s first indictment was filed against a 36 year-old resident of Bedouin diaspora, after marrying a 24 year-old as his second wife.
– Offense carries maximum prison term of 5 years.

By Ilana Curiel


The State Prosecutor’s Office filed an indictment Monday against a resident of the Bedouin diaspora for polygamy, the first to be served by the Southern District Attorney’s Office since the state announced it would begin to enforce anti-polygamy laws prohibiting marrying more than one woman, after the new guidelines went into effect in January 2017. Continue Reading »

Arab MK blasts Israeli Minister for saying Negev is being taken over by Bedouin


As gov’t bulldozers level the illegal, unlicensed structures in the village of al-Arakib near Beersheba, for the 112th time, on grounds that they were unlawfully erected on state land, Arab MK says Construction Minister Yoav Gallant wants to imprison the desert populace in ghettos.



Construction Minister Yoav Gallant on Tuesday sharply criticized an alleged Beduin “takeover” of swaths of the Negev and called for increased settlement of Jews in its eastern part to stem perceived Beduin encroachment there.

The remarks, which raised the specter of intensified home demolitions against the Beduin, were condemned as racist and a false depiction of the situation in the Negev by Balad MK Goumha Azbarga. Continue Reading »

Police Officer murdered in Negev car-ramming attack, terrorist shot dead


Police officer killed, another wounded in vehicular terror attack in Negev Bedouin settlement, attacker neutralized by security forces.
– Arab MK hit in head by rock, presumably thrown by protesters.
– Watch video of confrontation with police.

By David Rosenberg


A police officer was killed and another injured early Wednesday morning, when an Arab terrorist attacked security forces securing the demolition of illegal structures in the Bedouin settlement of Umm Al-Hiran in southern Israel.

Police units were deployed to the Negev settlement before dawn on Wednesday to protect the demolition team from demonstrators who had gathered at the site of the planned eviction. Continue Reading »

PHOTO ESSAY: IDF Beduin Reconnaissance Unit on the Gaza border


Composed of mostly Beduin soldiers, IDF’s Desert Reconnaissance Battalion uses unique tracking skills not utilized by any other army, specializing on infiltrations from Gaza but able to deal with any threat that may arise.



The Desert Reconnaissance Battalion is tasked with patrolling along the Gaza Strip helping to Israeli communities.

Composed of mostly Beduin soldiers, they use unique tracking skills to prevent infiltration from Gaza and deal with other threats that arise.

An IDF Beduin tracker on patrol. Unlike other minorities that serve in the army, for Beduin, service is on a volunteer basis. – Photo: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT


Today, setting off from Kissufim, we will be seeing how they carry out their daily mission and speaking with the volunteer soldiers and commanders as well as understanding the threats and innovations used to counter them. Continue Reading »

Photo Essay: Having Completed IDF Course, Muslims swear allegiance to Israel


Consisting largely of Muslim Bedouins, along with Christians and Muslim Arabs, who all volunteered for IDF service, the March 2016 induction of Desert Reconnaissance Battalion soldiers were sworn in on Thursday, having completed their rigorous basic training.

By Yoav Zitun


The swearing-in ceremony for the March 2016 cycle of Desert Reconnaissance Battalion soldiers was held on Thursday at the Memorial Monument to the Bedouin Warriors with the majority of the sworn-in soldiers being Muslim. Before their commanders and families, the soldiers, mostly Bedouins with some Muslim and Christian Arabs who volunteered to join the IDF, swore allegiance to the State of Israel and its defense. Continue Reading »

Without elucidating decision, Supreme Court sides with Bedouin landgrabbers over Jewish landowners


Israel’s Supreme Court rejected, without giving explanation, an appeal by Jewish landowners against a Bedouin tribe that’s squatting on their land in illegally built homes.

By Reut Hadar


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the organization Regavim dealing with the Negev village Bir Hadaj, hundreds of whose residents entered the nearby plot that was privately owned by Jews and built dozens of illegal buildings.

An illegal Arab house

An illegal Arab house – Regavim: Oved Arad

In 1995, after the government decided to create the Ramat Hovev industrial area, members of the ‘Azazme tribe from Ramat Hovev moved to Ramat Negev council fields, and created illegal structures next to Kibbutz Revivim. Continue Reading »

Bedouin Leaders Call on Jordan’s King to Declare War on Israel


Bedouin leaders published a letter sent to Jordan’s King Abdullah, urging the Kingdom to create special military brigades that will attack and liberate Jerusalem from the Zionists.

By Dalit Halevy


More than 50 Bedouin leaders have published a joint statement in which they call on Jordanian King Abdullah to create a military unit tasked with “liberating” Jerusalem.

“Arab regimes in general, and the Jordanian regime in particular have shirked their religious, national, and ethical responsibility towards the most important Arab and Muslim problem, the Palestinian problem,” the statement read, according to the Arabi 21 news site.

“The events in the occupied land and at the al-Aqsa Mosque would not have happened if ti wasn’t for the incompetence of governments and their actions in the service of the Zionists, Americans, and national enemies.” Continue Reading »

SodaStream CEO accuses BDS boycotters of anti-Semitism


SodaStream chief says BDS only had a ‘negligible’ impact on the beverage maker, noting the closure of the West Bank factory & expansion to the new Negev facility led to hundreds of Palestinians losing their jobs.

By Associated Press 


The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company’s critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

The SodaStream plant in Mishor Adumim. – Photo: Bloomberg

SodaStream, which produces machines that allow people to make fizzy drinks, has been targeted by an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies. Continue Reading »

Arab Fans Jump Fence to Attack Jewish Football Team When They Scored

Fans of Bedouin Tel Sheva joined their teammates on soccer field to brutally beat referee and the Jewish players from Hapoel Merhavim after a goal was scored that they didn’t like.

By Gil Ronen


Players and fans of the youth soccer team of the Negev Bedouin town of Tel Sheva turned a game between their team and Hapoel Merhavim into a violent nightmare Thursday.

The game was sportive as long as the Arab team led 1-0. The trouble began when Merhavim evened the score in a free kick. A Tel Sheva player did not like this turn of events, and struck the referee in the head.

Continue Reading »

VIDEO: IDF Patrol Catches Gaza Infiltrator Crossing Border Into Israel

Incredible short film documenting from discovery to the apprehending of a Palestinian infiltrator from Gaza into Israel.

By Yoav Zitun


Ynet’s military reporter was with IDF forces near the border with Gaza when they were alerted that a Palestinian was illegally crossing into Israel. The following video offers an inside look into the challenges faced by the IDF in securing Israel as more and more Gazans attempt to flee a dismal life in Gaza Strip.


View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4626003,00.html Continue Reading »

Bedouins tell Israel: Polygamy is Natural, Do Not Interfere

Bedouin leaders respond harshly to the minister who dared challenge their right to marry as many women as they deem proper.

By Shimon Cohen, Gil Ronen


Leaders of the Negev Bedouin fired back immediately Sunday at Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir (Yisrael Beytenu), who called Sunday for an end to polygamy in the Bedouin sector. Shamir, who heads the Committee on Regulation of Bedouin Settlement, told a Bedouin group that he is considering reviving a plan proposed in the past to place limits on Bedouin marriage.

MK Taleb Abu Arar (Raam-Taal) responded by saying that he is not surprised by Shamir’s words. Continue Reading »

UN Warns Israel Over Relocating Bedouins From Squatting on E1 Area Land

UNRWA urges int’l community to oppose Israeli plans to relocate thousands of Bedouin from illegal, unlicensed makeshift structures to proper communities connected to water, sewers, electricity.

By Arutz Sheva


The UN’s “Palestinian refugee agency” UNRWA on Sunday urged the international community to oppose Israeli plans to relocate thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from the E1 and Maaleh Adumim areas east of Jerusalem, to the area around Jericho, next to the Dead Sea.

“If such a plan were implemented this would … give rise to concerns that it amounts to a ‘forcible transfer’ in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention” banning involuntary population relocation in occupied territory, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl said. Continue Reading »

Watchdog Group: Pro-Palestinian NGOs Exploiting War for Anti-Israel Agenda

Regavim, a watchdog group for Jewish national property rights, reports leftist NGOs use Bedouin deaths from Gaza rocket fire, to advance legalizing illegally built Bedouin settlements.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Controversy continues over the status of Israel’s Bedouin population, after several Israeli Arab MKs protested over an alleged lack of suitable bomb shelters in Bedouin communities in the South.

But the issue of Bedouin communities in Israel is more complicated, according to Regavim, a watchdog group for Jewish national property rights, which released a statement last week condemning the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to bring the matter to the Supreme Court. Continue Reading »