Tag Archive for Bedouin

IDF Bedouin soldier ‘Exiled’ from his village finds new home on kibbutz


Having been attacked in his home village & unable to return for volunteering for the IDF, Sergeant Adham Saab found comfort & safety on a kibbutz in Southern Israel.

By Israel Moskovitz


Twenty-one-year-old Sergeant Adham Saab dreamt of volunteering to serve in the IDF since the age of 10, but it was just two years ago, one month after beginning his service, that his dream became a nightmare when he was attacked in his village by more than 10 men who disapproved of his choice to serve.

Sergeant Adham Saad (Photo: Chayam Hornstein)

Sergeant Adham Saad – Photo: Chayam Hornstein

Saab is a member of Israel’s Bedouin community. Continue Reading »

1,500 yr-old Greek Monastery discovered in Israeli Bedouin town


Vivid mosaics, kitchenware & coins were also found at the excavation in the Israeli Bedouin town in the northern Negev Desert.

By i24News


An impressive monastery dating to the Byzantine period, some 1,500 years ago, has been discovered at the entrance to the Israeli Bedouin town of Hura in the northern Negev Desert.

Dining room floor in Byzantine monastery located in Negev ( Israel Antiquities Authority )

Dining room floor in Byzantine monastery located in Negev – Photo courtesy: Israel Antiquities Authority

The structure, measuring 20 × 35 meters, is divided into halls built along an east–west axis, the most outstanding of which are the prayer hall and dining room with their mosaic carpets. Continue Reading »

Nabbed Israeli Arab Charged in Bus Bomb Attack

Using his Israeli ID, Mahmoud Abu Anza, 24, picked up and drove the terrorist from Judea & Samaria to Bat Yam.

By Gil Ronen



A Bedouin Muslim with Israeli citizenship was charged Monday in the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court for his part in a failed bus bombing in the city of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv. The bomb was successfully planted in a bus and detonated, but serious casualties were avoided thanks to the passengers’ and driver’s alertness, and swift action by police.

The Tel Aviv State Attorney’s Office filed charges against Mahmoud Abu Anza, 24, of Tel Sheva, for transporting the terrorist who planted the bomb. Continue Reading »

Insightful exposé‎: Did Israel lose the Negev?

Among the Bedouin communities, Israeli laws prohibiting polygamy are ignored like background noise, and no one has ever considered requesting a building permit.The Bedouin have all but taken over the Negev and turned it into a foreign township.

By Emily Amrousi


From 2,000 feet over land, one can take quite a despairing view of the Negev. Perhaps the time has come to just relinquish the entire thing. Give them the Beersheba-Arad-Yeruham triangle and spare us the headache, the blood, and the tears.

In every direction in which one looks, the Negev is “flourishing.” David Ben-Gurion would certainly have been proud to see it. Continue Reading »

Arab MKs petition Kerry to intervene on Bedouin’s behalf


Arab MKs address letter to visiting secretary of state to intervene on Bedouin’s behalf, calling Praver plan, ‘ethnic cleansing’

By Mati Siver


Some 800 demonstrators gathered outside the Beersheba court to protest a plan to resettle Bedouins in the Negev and the arrest of protesters in the Hura Junction on Saturday.

Protest in Beersheba (Photo: Haim Hornstein, Yedioth Ahronoth)

Protest in Beersheba – Photo: Haim Hornstein, Yedioth Ahronot

“Free the detainees!” the protesters chanted. Large police forces are at the scene.

Meanwhile, members of the United Arab List Ta’al party addressed a letter to visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in which they stated that the Praver plan for Bedouin resettlement amounts to “ethnic cleansing” and asked his immediate assistance. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Housing Minister: Jerusalem will Keep Negotiating – and Building

Uri Ariel calls PA Abbas’ threats to leave negotiations if Jerusalem continues more building in Judea and Samaria, “nonsense.”

By Tova Dvorin


Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) revealed Tuesday in an interview with Arutz Sheva Radio that he will keep plans to build over 20,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria on the agenda, calling the Palestinian Authority’s threats to quit negotiations “nonsense.”

“Whoever thinks we should engage in negotiations with them, can engage in negotiations with them,” Ariel stated, “but we will continue to build in Jerusalem – and that’s the way it has to be.”

MK Ariel participated Monday in a joint tour of the Neot Kedumim Nature Reserve with economics and real estate moguls, which included a night tour and lighting a hanukkiah. Continue Reading »

1000 Palestinians plan to protest Canadian PM’s appearance at JNF event


JNF-KKL event honoring Canadian PM Harper expected to attract 1,000 strong Palestinian protesters against Israel’s Bedouin resettlement bill.

‘JNF’s trees are soldiers in Zionist army of occupation’ says Palestinian.

By Ofer Petersburg

Canadian police forces are currently preparing for a Palestinian protest against Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who is expected to participate in a Jewish National Fund of Canada event.

The event is a dinner being held in the prime minister’s honor and the protest is expected to be attract at least 1,000 people. According to the protest’s organizers, the demonstration is being held in wake of the Praver Plan to resettle Bedouins. Continue Reading »

President Peres: Praver Bill must be carried out


President Peres says plans to resettle Bedouins in Negev must be followed through. ‘Talks must be held with patience, while maintaining law’, Peres claims

By Eyal Lehman


In the aftermath of Saturday’s protests against the Praver Bill, President Shimon Peres said Sunday that the plan to resettle Bedouins in the Negev must be pursued.

President Shimon Peres taking care of buisness - Photo courtesy GPO

President Shimon Peres taking care of buisness – Photo courtesy GPO

“Millions of shekels were invested in this plan and I’m sure the intentions are good. Backing down would mean a step back for the Bedouins as well,” Peres said.

The president, on a visit to Mexico, noted that “one might expect this having great resistance, but the law must be abided and diplomacy utilized… The government does not mean any harm and talks must be held with patience and while maintaining the law.” Continue Reading »

Minister Liberman: ‘Planning & Building Permits Aren’t Only For Jews’

Foreign Minister “This is not a social problem or a housing shortage, but rather a struggle over land…. there are those that intentionally try to steal that land and control it by force.”

By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff


On Saturday night amid a “day of rage” in which mass protests opposed the “Prawer-Begin Plan” to organize illegal Bedouin settlement in the Negev, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Likud-Beytenu) called the violent protests “serious albeit expected.”

At least 15 police officers were injured as over a thousand demonstrators threw stones and caused havoc in the Negev, while hundreds more protested in Haifa, Samaria and Gaza. Continue Reading »

Haifa University bans students from waving Palestinian flag on campus

Arab group’s legal council says Haifa University is denying its students freedom of expression & that in the past, flag didn’t lead to violence.




The University of Haifa banned Arab students from waving Palestinian flags during protests that took place earlier this week against the Begin-Prawer plan, causing reactions from NGOs for and against the decision.

An Israeli Arab waves Palestinian flag during protest outside district court in Haifa, Nov 28, 2013 – Photo: REUTERS/Nir Elias

Fady Khoury, a lawyer for Adalah, an Arab legal rights group, told The Jerusalem Post that the university is violating the principle of freedom of speech and should not act as a filter or interfere in the substance of expression. Continue Reading »

IDF Proud of its 1st Bedouin Tank Commander

Cpl. Mustafa Tabash, who is still two weeks away from completing the Tank Commanders’ Course. says, “When soldiers have a hard time they look at me, who as a Bedouin did not have to enlist to the military,”

By Arutz Sheva


The IDF is about to receive its first Bedouin tank commander. While about 1,000 Bedouin Arabs serve in the IDF, most of them serve as trackers, or in the Bedouin reconaissance battalion. Cpl. Mustafa Tabash will become the first Bedouin tank commander in two weeks’ time, once he completes the Tank Commanders’ Course, reports the IDF Website.


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More Israeli Bedouin women attending Universities


“Today, when a man wants to marry, he looks for a working woman because of the hard life and the economic situation,” says Reem Al-Amrany, who is married and working on her master’s degree, “He needs someone to help him make a living.”

By Linda Gradstein – The Media Line



Eman Abu Ammar, 24, is studying language and literature at Ben Gurion University. Unlike many Bedouin girls her age, she’s in no rush to get married.

Bedouin village in Israel’s Negev – Photo: Hertzel Yose


Bedouin usually get married young,” she told The Media Line. “People ask me, ‘Why aren’t you married, don’t you have anybody?’ Continue Reading »

Renegade French Diplomat Recalled After Striking Policeman


Recalled to France: Envoy wasn’t being diplomatic when she punched Border Policeman after being pulled from truck delivering U.N. aid.





Israel and France have averted a diplomatic crisis by agreeing that a French diplomat, who hit an IDF soldier after she was dragged from a vehicle delivering aid to Palestinians, should return to Paris.

Renegade diplomat, Marion Castaing attacks Policeman

The incident in the West Bank one week ago had the potential to escalate, with Israel considering expelling her and aid groups privately pressing Paris and other European countries involved to protest at the treatment of their diplomats.

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Human Rights Watch tells Israel: Stop displacing Bedouins


Human rights organization calls on Israel to stop its attempts at displacing West Bank Bedouin families, citing last week’s confrontation of IDF soldiers clashing with diplomats on an aid mission.


Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged Israel to stop trying to displace Bedouin families in the West Bank, where the army last week manhandled European diplomats on an aid mission.  

Bedouin village (Archives) – Photo: Elior Levy

“The Israeli military should end its unjustified attempts to forcibly remove a decades-old community,” the New York-based watchdog’s Middle East director Joe Stork said in a statement.

“Israeli forces didn’t just rough up diplomats, they demolished every single building in Makhul and ordered the residents to leave and never come back,” he said. Continue Reading »

IDF seizes EU diplomats’ supplies & French diplomat dragged out of truck

IDF reportedly drags French diplomat out of truck then seizes aid supply.

Reporter sees IDF soldiers throw sound grenades at group of EU diplomats, aid workers, & locals in West Bank.

By Reuters

Israeli soldiers seized on Friday a truck full of tents and emergency aid that European diplomats had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week, Reuters reported.

French diplomat dragged out of truck – Photo: Reuters

Soldiers were reportedly throwing sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the West Bank, and pulling a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents. Continue Reading »