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May 25, 2016 / 17 Iyar, 5776

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Southern Israeli Bedouin Caught With Knife at Bus Station

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A Negev Bedouin in his 20s arrested Wednesday after attempted to enter the central bus station in Be’er Sheva with a knife.

The weapon was discovered during a routine search of the man’s bag.

The suspect threw the knife and tried to flee when security guards detained him for questioning.

Local police recovered the weapon. The man, a resident of the Bedouin town of Kuseife, is being held for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

NIS 900 Million Approved for Bedouins in the North

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Ministerial Committee of the Arab Sector headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved on Tuesday a 900 million shekel (US$235 million) program for the Bedouin towns in the north through 2020, in an effort to further integrate Israel’s Bedouin population with the broader Israeli society.

“We are partners,” said Netanyahu. “There is no reason for an entire community that contributes to the state not to share in education, infrastructure, law enforcement, and personal security.”

“The Bedouin population in the north is serving in the army, paying taxes, and bearing the burden,” acknowledged Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel (Likud).

“The proposal that I submitted to the ministerial committee today is a move that is uniquely designed to help close the gaps between the Bedouin sector and Israeli society and to address the many issues where the quality of life of the population must be improved,” added Gamliel.

Netanyahu also acknowledged existing gaps between the Bedouin community and the rest of Israel, as well as a strong desire to see such gaps closed.

“I know that people are suffering and it should not have to be that way,” remarked Netanyahu. “In the 21st century, people need to live.”

“I want to see young men and women join society, the economy, education and everything else,” added Netanyahu.

The prime minister also emphasized a desire to see an increase in the number of Bedouins enlisting in the IDF, arguing that it will help their communities integrate more with the rest of Israeli society.

“The topic of military recruitment is important to me,” Netanyahu noted. “I would like to work together with you to boost military enlistment recruitment. It will advance you, and the north in general, and it will bring integration with society.”

The developmental program for Israel’s Bedouins in the north will provide a number of tools designed to help jump-start and advance both economic independence and the standard of living in the Bedouin communities. A significant portion of the program’s budget will be invested in education and welfare programs as well as in the development of physical infrastructure such as sewage, water, transportation, and housing.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Egypt Questions Hamas Over Missing Israelis in Gaza

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Egypt asked a Hamas delegation in Cairo last week about two IDF soldiers whose bodies are still being held captive in Gaza, and two Israeli nationals who missing in the region.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group has said Israel must “pay” if it wants any information about any of the four.

The group has also tried to imply that the two soldiers may still be alive, a particularly nasty form of psychological warfare often practiced by terror groups against Israeli families.

But Hamas itself has been in the cross-hairs of the Egyptian government for some time now, since the terror group is the spawn of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian authorities have not been pleased with efforts by Hamas to tunnel deep into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, nor by its assistance to Da’esh (ISIS) and other terror groups in its territory.

Egypt has flooded those tunnels with Mediterranean seawater, and sealed them to prevent further infiltrations into its territory.

Hamas is now trying to repair its broken ties with Cairo, Arab media reported Sunday.

An Egyptian daily quoted Egyptian sources close to the situation who said the Hamas delegation was asked about the four Israelis being held in Gaza.

Both of the IDF soldiers died in the line of duty during Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014. Both are officers: one is Oron Shaul, the other is Hadar Goldin. Hamas stole their bodies and is holding the remains, although the group has attempted to imply the soldiers are alive.

On Friday evening, Hamas spokesperson Abu Obaida said in a statement on the military wing’s website: “There are no contacts or negotiations on the four soldiers, and the Israeli enemy will not get information about their fate but to pay the prices before and after the negotiations.” He added that Netanyahu “lies to his people and deceives the families of the Israeli captive soldiers.”

Hamas wants Israel to free more bloodthirsty terrorist prisoners with blood on their hands.

But according to the report, Egyptian authorities questioned the Hamas delegation this past week when they came to Cairo. The Hamas representatives were seeking a way to heal the breach with Egypt after violating the country’s borders and helping Sinai terrorists murder Egyptian security forces.

One of the live Israeli hostages is a young Israeli Bedouin from the southern Israeli town of Hura, located in the northern Negev. He allegedly entered Gaza through the Erez Crossing in April although it is not clear how. At the family’s request his name has not been released. It is known, however, that he has mild mental health issues and has entered Gaza, Jordan and Egypt at least once before. Each time, he was returned by the authorities.

Avraham Mengisto, 29, is being held after he climbed over the security fence to cross the Gaza border and simply walked into the region. Mengisto, an Ethiopian immigrant to Israel, suffers from mental illness and was not accepted for service in the IDF.

His brother Gashao told European officials in Geneva in February, “When Hamas is asking for humanitarian assistance, and contributions to the people in Gaza, then the international community should tell them: Don’t expect us to assist you when you are violating the same rights of the other side.”

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorists Attack Northern Negev Drivers on Highway 31

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked Israeli drivers traveling along Highway 31 near the village of Molada in the northern Negev on Saturday night, about five minutes east of the Bedouin town of Hura.

The attackers hurled rocks at the vehicles as they were passing by the general area of the village on the highway, which is set back from the road. None of the drivers or passengers were physically injured but vehicles were damaged in the attacks.

There have an increasing number of stone-throwing attacks aimed at drivers along Highway 31 since the start of the terror wave last October.

The Bedouin population in the northern Negev are all Israeli citizens who receive full government benefits as do Jewish Israelis. These include monthly stipends for each child under age 18 from the National Insurance Institute and subsidized health care and pharmaceutical products at health maintenance organization clinics (kupat holim). Many work at jobs in Be’er Sheva, Arad and at the Dead Sea.

An increasing number of families have sent their children on to higher education programs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Some of the children go away to university programs in Jordan or Europe, and of those, a few return radicalized by those they met while abroad and are transformed into budding jihadists, to the deep shame of their families.

This segment of highway runs through an area that is entirely comprised of small Bedouin villages.

Molada covers 11,000 dunams on the southern side of Highway 31 and is home to the al-Atrash and al-Hawashla tribes. It falls under the jurisdiction of Al-Kasom Regional Council.

The uptick in rock-throwing and other attacks along this segment of the highway, and recently similar attacks closer to Arad, signals an ominous change in the local population. Younger men are no longer heeding the words of the Council of Sheiks and their parents who lived in peace with their Jewish neighbors have difficultly controlling their children.

Southern District police receive anonymous calls from Bedouin villagers quietly directing them to “find” a youth who “could be” on his way to Jerusalem for the wrong reasons — and countless attacks are averted, numerous Bedouin youths are redirected.

But some of the communities are also under closer scrutiny. One of those being carefully watched is the town of Hura, where terrorist cells linked both to Hamas and to Da’esh (ISIS) have already been found.

Hura is not the only one. Agitators from the Northern Branch of the now-outlawed Islamic Movement made their way straight to Kuseifa as well, another Bedouin town closer to Arad, at the start of the terror wave last October.

Within days, Arad residents were shocked to encounter stone-throwing attacks at the entrance to their city — an experience some had never had, one that others had not seen since the days of the second intifada more than a decade ago.

There are dozens of small Bedouin villages scattered among the rolling Negev hills all along Highway 31, the main artery leading from Arad to Be’er Sheva and other major cities. Jews are outnumbered in this region.

Hana Levi Julian

Rahat Stabber Arrested

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Yatta (TPS) – Israeli police cleared for publication on Wednesday, February 24 the arrest of an Arab stabber who carried out an attack in the southern town of Rahat.

According to the police and the Israel Security Agency (ISA), a seventeen-year-old Arab from the Palestinian Authority village of Yatta near Hebron was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of carrying out the stabbing attack in Rahat that left an Israeli woman wounded. The arrest has now been cleared for publication.

The attack took place at a market in the predominantly Bedouin town on Saturday, February 6, and left 65-year-old shopper Shlomit Gonen from the nearby kibbutz of Mishmar HaNegev lightly wounded.

The Israel Police and the ISA pursued the terrorist in a four-day effort until making the arrest on February 10. The suspect linked himself to the attack and led the investigators to the knife he used during the stabbing.

The suspect also said he was influenced by videos of terror attacks and propaganda materials he saw on television, including on the Al-Aqsa channel. He also said that in recent months, as well as during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014, he participated along with family members in violent riots against IDF forces in Judea and Samaria.

He also said that he and his family used a breach in the security fence to get to Rahat and stay there illegally.

According to police, the suspect will be indicted over the next few days.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Bedouin Teacher Sentenced for Planning to Join ISIS

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

An Israeli Bedouin educator in the northern Negev town of Hura was sentenced to prison Thursday after being convicted on charges of planning to join Da’esh (ISIS).

High school teacher Muhammad Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 27 was found guilty of having used his position as an educator to spread the terror group’s propaganda among the students and teachers.

He also shared the Da’esh doctrine with family members and associates, according to a statement by the Shin Bet.

Alkyan was sentenced to four years in prison, having confessed during questioning to his plans to join Da’esh (ISIS).

He also was convicted of establishing his own terrorist cell in southern Israel, and having acted as a “spiritual teacher” in passing on ISIS teachings and recruiting other supporters.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Bedouin Freed From Egyptian Prison

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Israeli Bedouin Ouda Tarabin has been freed from an Egyptian prison after 15 years’ incarceration on suspicion of spying for the Jewish State.

He returned to Israel early Thursday morning, just as two Egyptian prisoners completed their prison terms in Israel and were released to return to Egypt.

Tarabin was arrested by Egyptian authorities while crossing the border to visit his family in the Sinai Peninsula. He was tried and sentenced in absentia in 2000 on charges of aiding others in gathering intelligence.

Hana Levi Julian

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