Over the past two weeks there has been a war of words published in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal on-line between Dr. Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the President of Teruah, and me on the issue of Bedouin human rights in Israel and the recent Prawer-Begin Bill that passed the Knesset and then was cancelled by Prime Minister Netanyahu for reasons, frankly, that are unclear (some say that the human rights organizations forced him to withdraw the bill; others say that his coalition parties in the right wing were equally unhappy for other reasons with the bill).
I have deferred to Jill as the leader of a respected human rights organization of 1800 rabbis to respond to Dr. Steinberg. Jill's most recent excellent and comprehensive piece (published yesterday) on the situation of the Bedouin who are citizens of the state of Israel, by the way, I believe, should settle the issue.
For Rabbi Jill Jacob's piece, see http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/the_bedouin_human_rights_and_legitimacy_a_final_word_to_gerald_steinberg. Dr. Steinberg's prior piece has a link within Jill's article.
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