"No one has the moral right to ask my ownership claim to land, but I will take you to the cemetery and show you my father is buried there, my grandfather is buried there. According to Bedouin law that is enough. The Ottomans recognized this, the British recognized this, only the Israelis don’t. We were here before the establishment of the state of Israel."-- Mohamed Abu Frieha, of the village of Abu Grainat1
"There is no electricity in our village. Last year, one woman had asthma and she needed oxygen. We went to the authorities and asked for health reasons for them to help provide us electricity, but they said we live in an ‘unrecognized village’ so they can’t do so."-- Attia Athamun, chair of Hashm Zana village council2
T'ruah’s campaign for Bedouin rights aims to ensure equality and non-discrimination for Bedouin citizens of Israel.
Rabbis, cantors, and other Jewish community members have mobilized to prevent the widespread demolition of “unrecognized” Bedouin villages and forced displacement of tens of thousands of Israeli Bedouin from their land.
T'ruah believes that a mutually agreeable negotiated solution involving government recognition of Bedouin villages and the provision of government services and infrastructure to their population is the best way to resolve to the land issues in the Negev.
- Israeli Government Responses to Bedouin Land Claims
- Jewish Resources