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last updated March 2, 2011 1:17 PM (EST+7)
Bedouin
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Bedouins, nomads, Negev, Galilee, Israel, minority, enclosed zone, unrecognized villages
Bedouin are considered an Arab ethnic group with a nomadic pastoral lifestyle. The Arabic word bedu, from which the name "Bedouin" is derived, means “inhabitant of the desert”. Bedouin tribes dwell predominantly in the desert areas of the Sinai, the Negev and the Arabian Peninsula.

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The Map of Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev, The Regional Council for the Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev (2006) (jpg image)
The Map of Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev, The Regional Council for the Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev (2006) (jpg image)

Negev Bedouins are a 186,000 minority living in southern Israel and constitute around 12 percent of the country’s Arab population. These tribes are culturally distinct from the Bedouin of the Galilee living in northern Israel.

During and in the aftermath of the 1948 war, the Negev Bedouins either had to flee to Egypt and Jordan or were expelled and displaced because the Negev region was a major focus of the Israeli settlement project.

More recently, Israel forced Bedouin to settle down into seven urban townships (Rahat, Ararat al-Naqab, Hura, Kuseife, Lakiya, Shaqib al-Salam and Tel al-Sabi), however only half of the Bedouin population agreed to move into towns. The rest remains in the settlements in the "Enclosed Zone", which Israel considers illegal, permanently facing the threat of house demolitions. Furthermore, access to public services such as electricity, water, infrastructure, education and health care is highly restricted in the Enclosed Zone.

The RCUV map shows unrecognized Arab Bedouin villages in the Negev.

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Sources
Bedouin information, Israel Land Administration (pdf file)
The Bedouin, Culture in Transition
The Bedouin of the Negev: a forgotten minority, Kathrin Koeller
The Map of Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev, The Regional Council for the Unrecognized Arab Bedouin Villages in the Negev (2006) (jpg image)



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