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  • As rockets fly, poor towns in southern Israel cry out for better protection

    July 22, 2014 | 10:34 am

    Fares Alhozael doesn’t want much from the Israeli government.

    The roads in his neighborhood aren’t paved, and earlier this year Israel destroyed his cousin’s house for having been built illegally.

    Slumped on a faded bed in the bare, beige, tin-roofed house he shares with his...

  • Rocket from Syria lands in Golan, Bedouin sisters injured near Beersheba

    July 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    A rocket fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights, and a rocket near Beersheba injured two Bedouin sisters.

    The rocket that landed near Kibbutz El Rom in the Golan Heights on Monday evening started a fire. The Israel Defense Forces reportedly believes it was launched at...

  • Bedouins in Negev Face Demolition of Communities, Forced Urbanization

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 25, 2014 | 6:15 am

    The story of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib is one of tragedy and loss. Since 2010, the government has demolished the village more than 70 times to displace the Bedouin families living there, who are not recognized by the State, and to plant the Ambassadors Forest on the land. On...

  • State Dept. Israel report focuses on Bedouin

    February 28, 2014 | 11:50 am

    A focus of this year’s U.S. State Department human rights report on Israel was Bedouin rights.

    The report issued Thursday noted the Bedouin in its introduction, which it did not previously, and examined at length the demolition of Bedouin dwellings in 2013, a result of Israel’s...

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  • The Bedouin, human rights, and ‘legitimacy’: A final word to Gerald Steinberg

    December 19, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    Gerald Steinberg has asked that I respond to the specific charges he levies against human rights organizations, my colleague Rabbi John Rosove, and me regarding our involvement in protecting the rights of some 30-40,000 Bedouin to avoid forced expulsion from their homes. At the...

  • Some Jewish questions for rabbis Jacobs and Rosove

    December 18, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Asking questions is a central aspect of Jewish tradition – indeed, formulating good questions is more important than trying to provide answers. Questions reflect the complexity of the human condition, as well as humility in acknowledging the inability to give ready answers in the...

  • How to begin after Prawer-Begin

    December 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it’s time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

    Some of these unrecognized villages,...

  • A response to Gerald Steinberg on the Prawer-Begin plan

    December 16, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    In his recent column for the Jewish Journal, Gerald Steinberg of NGO monitor once again seeks to defame lovers of Israel who dare to believe that the Jewish state can and should live up to the moral values of our tradition. He dismisses as anti-Semitic or misguided those of...

  • Opposing Bedouin resettlement

    December 13, 2013 | 10:45 am

    They can’t agree on the project’s goal. They can’t agree on who supports it. They can’t even agree on its name.

    But when it comes to the Israeli government’s plan to relocate 30,000 Negev Bedouin, representatives and allies of the Bedouin community agree with the right wing on...

  • Israeli government shelves controversial Bedouin resettlement plan

    December 12, 2013 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli government is shelving a proposal to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouin residents of the Negev that had drawn fierce criticism.

    One of the proposal’s main architects, Benny Begin, told reporters on Thursday that the so-called Prawer-Begin Plan would be revised. He...

  • Opposition mounts to Israel’s Arab Bedouin transfer plan

    December 11, 2013 | 11:07 am

    Israel is promoting a plan to transfer some 40,000 Arab Bedouin citizens from traditional villages into towns despite opposition by activists and senior government officials that threatens to derail it.

    Government supporters say the resettlement would encourage development, but...

  • Exploiting Israel’s Negev Bedouin

    December 10, 2013 | 9:40 am

    While many believe that a successful peace process will end demonization of Israel based on incendiary terms such as “apartheid” and “racism,” and in accompanying boycott campaigns, the evidence suggests that this hatred goes far deeper. Indeed, the organizations that lead these...

  • Israel should freeze Bedouin relocation bill

    December 4, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    The writing was on the wall. The Prawer bill to regulate Bedouin settlement in the Negev will not go through quietly. Not because it is a really bad bill, and not because it fails to provide a critical and necessary solution for the regulation of unrecognized Bedouin localities,...

  • Rabbis against balance

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    You can abuse people, and you can also abuse values. Take two great Jewish values: self-criticism and caring for the stranger. How would one abuse such values? By lifting them up at the expense of other great Jewish values — such as fairness and balance.

    A striking example can be...

  • Knesset panel advances plan regulating Bedouin settlements

    May 6, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    A Knesset committee advanced a plan that would require the resettlement of some 30,000 Bedouin.

    The draft ratified Monday by the Ministerial Legislation Committee regulates Bedouin settlements in the Negev Desert. Along with requiring the resettlement of the Bedouin, the Law of...

  • Egyptian captors release Israeli man

    March 27, 2013 | 11:08 am

    An Arab-Israeli man from Nazareth who was kidnapped by Bedouin in Egypt was released.

    Amir Omar Hassan arrived in Israel on Tuesday after being released by his captors. A Norwegian woman abducted at the same time also was released.

    Hassan, a student at Ben Gurion University,...

  • Knesset approves plan to recognize Bedouin settlement

    January 28, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Israel's Cabinet approved a plan to formalize the status of Bedouin settlement in the Negev.

    The plan recommended by outgoing Likud Minister Benny Begin would officially recognize most Bedouin settlements in southern Israel and offer compensation to those Bedouin required to move...

  • Two toddlers die in accidental fire near Be’er Sheva

    November 16, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Two Israeli Bedouin children died in a fire which they apparently started inside a parking car.

    The boys, ages three and four, may have been playing with matches, a police spokesperson told Israel's Army Radio. The parents of the toddlers left them unattended at an olive grove...

  • Israel must stop squatting Bedouin, lawmaker says

    October 9, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Israel must find a way to halt the illegal squatting of Israeli Bedouin, in order to help the Bedouin and to assert Israel's claim to the land, lawmaker Yuli Edelstein told a special forum.

    The non-profit research institute Regavim conducted two events last week focusing on the...

  • Despite hardships, some Bedouins still feel obligation to serve Israel

    August 20, 2012 | 10:29 am

    On an August weekday afternoon, 19-year-old Mohammed Kernowi stands in front of a small store in Israel’s largest Bedouin city, a hot plate in front of him with small pancakes sizzling in preparation for the end of that day’s Ramadan fast.

    At his age, many Israeli men have been...

  • Out of Israel, back to Africa

    June 12, 2012 | 8:46 am

    African migrants chosen for deportation from Israel were nervously awaiting a knock on the door or a tap on the shoulder on Tuesday as immigration officials rounded up hundreds for departure flights due to begin at the weekend.

    “The people are very tense. It’s pretty traumatic,”...

  • Second suspect arrested in mosque arson

    October 10, 2011 | 11:21 am

    A second suspect was arrested in connection with the burning of a mosque in a Bedouin-Arab town in northern Israel.

    Few details have been released about the second suspect, who reportedly is a resident of the West Bank. He was scheduled to appear Monday in a Tel Aviv court for a...

  • Dead Sea gunrunners busted

    July 25, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Israel caught two Palestinians who tried to smuggle in small arms across the Dead Sea.

    The suspects, both Bedouin from the West Bank, were arrested Monday while sailing in from Jordan with 10 assault rifles and ammunition in their boat. Israeli police said they had been under surveillance for several months.

    The incident was a rare departure from the calm that generally reigns in the Dead Sea area thanks to Israeli-Jordanian security coordination.

  • Bedouin villagers clash with foresters in Negev

    February 10, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Residents of a Bedouin village razed more than a dozen times clashed with workers from the Jewish National Fund who came to plant trees in the area.

    Six people were injured in Thursday’s clashes in the unrecognized village of Al-Arakib in the Negev and three were arrested for...

  • Israeli Bedouin arrested for rape by deception

    January 11, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    An Israeli Bedouin was arrested on charges of rape and impersonating a Jewish pilot.

    The man, 43, is an Israel Air Forces reserves officer from northern Israel who reportedly is married with children and comes from a prominent Bedouin family, Haaretz reported. A gag order issued...

  • Suad Abu Siam turns sorrow into power

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I am a mother of five, and I am pregnant. I didn't plan this pregnancy, and I am very tired," Suad Abu Siam, a 35-year-old Bedouin told a group of American women last month. "It energizes me to get out of my reality."

    We'd come to Tel Aviv on a mission organized by the Jewish...
  • Israel confronts shared future with Bedouin citizens

    By Carin M. Smilk

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before in a TV docudrama, or on the glossy pages of National Geographic or as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village....
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev reaches out to Bedouin women

    By Dina Kraft

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every morning, Hana'a Abokaf leaves her village on the slopes of the Negev Desert, where electricity is powered by a generator and camels and goats graze near cinderblock and tin houses.

    Abokaf, 20, rides the bus to the university where she is a first-year medical student. Just by...
  • Bedouin life from a child’s eye view through a camera

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A young Bedouin boy casually leans against a rough-hewn wooden table, his kaffiyeh blowing in the wind. Laid before him are some of the traditional tools of Bedouin coffee-making, essential to their culture of hospitality. A mortar and pestle for grinding the beans, a large cast-iron...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    The JCCs' Celebrity Staged Play Readings, produced and directed by Alexandra More, have been going strong for 11 seasons. Consider taking in the first of their 12th season's selections. The comedy/drama, "Brooklyn Boy," by Pulitzer-winning author Donald...
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