Beduin community leader: The state doesn’t treat us well

What is life like in an unrecognized Beduin village? According to a report by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira, published in May, one third of the 200,000 Beduin in Israel live in unrecognized villages.

One of those shanty towns, known as Umm al-Hiran, could explode in anger if the government moves to implement the Supreme Court approval of its demolition and the eviction of its residents in order to build the Jewish town of Hiran on the site.

Salim Abu al-Kian, the head of the committee of the unrecognized villages of Umm al-Hiran and Atir, told the Post Wednesday that the issue is not about the difficulty of the daily life, but general anger at the government for its “racism.”


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