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The 5,829 Bedouin women listed as eligible for single mother benefits in the Negev, raising 23,855 children, are actually silent polygamous wives.

The state must establish places of employment and industrial areas in the Bedouin towns in order to develop incentives and grant its Bedouin citizens the ability to make an honorable living in normative occupations. The institutions of higher education in the state must be open and accessible to any Bedouin, man or woman, who is interested and capable of learning in them. On the other hand, the state must enforce the law to its fullest severity on anyone who deals in smuggling, “protection” or any other illegal occupation.

The state must use the educational system to impart to the young generation of Bedouins the concepts of citizenship that will supersede tribal laws. A Bedouin girl must learn that according to state law, as well as Islamic law, she has the right to choose a life partner for herself, even if he is from another tribe, and that she can marry him with the condition that he not take another wife after her. The educational system must provide the youth of the Bedouin sector with information and awareness regarding the genetic dangers associated with marriage between relatives, and that everyone – whether woman or man – has the right to learn, to progress in life and to develop a professional career.

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The educational system must impart to the youth of this sector the obligation to obey the laws of the state and especially if they are contrary to the laws of the tribe. The prohibition against violence must be a guiding principle for every citizen, including the Bedouin. Education must relate to polygamy as something that is against the law and is therefore forbidden. The educational message must give to the new generation of Bedouin men the sense that their manliness does not stem from the number of wives that they have but from the way that each man relates to his only wife, and that the number of children is less important than their education and making sure that each child gets what any modern child should from his parents.

Educators in the Bedouin sector must act in accordance with the principle that their task is to impart to the young generation the desire and the ability to be a citizen with equal rights and obligations, that he is an autonomous person with the right to make decisions independently, and is not subservient to any group.

The state must enforce the law of National Insurance in such a way that it will not subsidize breaking the law, which forbids polygamy. The state must limit the children’s benefits according to each household, in such a way that every man can get benefits only for one wife to whom he is legally married, and her children. The state must stop the benefits to wives who were brought to the Negev from Mount Hebron, from Jordan, from Saudi Arabia or from the Gaza Strip, including Ismail Haniye’s sister. There is no reason that the state’s money should be spent on the citizens of foreign states.

The government’s policy towards the Bedouin sector must be consistent over the years, without regard to changes in government. Cultural change does not occur overnight and calls for a large and long-range investment. The state must allocate the necessary resources to bring this cultural change to the Bedouin sector in order to bring it into the twenty first century, otherwise this important sector will remain in the cultural desert of the Middle East.

The above article was written in Hebrew by Dr. Mordechai Kedar for the December 6, 2013 issue of the Makor Rishon newspaper, and translated to English by Sally Zahav.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Either Minnesota or Massachusetts has a welfare system set up to fund Islam men with more than one wife. The state pays for the single mother with children of these men because they can only register one wife. No one works and they live off the state. That state has phone set up press 3 for Arabic.

  2. Either Minnesota or Massachusetts has a welfare system set up to fund Islam men with more than one wife. The state pays for the single mother with children of these men because they can only register one wife. No one works and they live off the state. That state has phone set up press 3 for Arabic.

  3. If a man cannot provide for his children, he should not have children. If he cannot take care of one wife and her children, he is a fool to marry another. And why doesn’t Islamic law forbid Muslims from taking welfare from Jews? They are allowed to take Jewish heads, but I heard nothing about taking Jewish charity. Funny how they operate.

  4. If a man cannot provide for his children, he should not have children. If he cannot take care of one wife and her children, he is a fool to marry another. And why doesn't Islamic law forbid Muslims from taking welfare from Jews? They are allowed to take Jewish heads, but I heard nothing about taking Jewish charity. Funny how they operate.

  5. There are plenty of men out there who have children they cannot provide for, even with one wife. I don’t see the point of discriminating just because it is polygamous, if it was one man with 16 kids by one woman would that make it somehow more palatable? Since you cannot regulate how many children any woman has and the State chooses to pay benefits for the children it is unreasonable to discriminate, Either take the money away from all types of families or leave them alone. Social engineering doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

  6. ermmm, doesn’t ALL welfare systems allow single mothers to get welfare and if the 3 button is in Arabic doesn’t it follow that number 1 is English and 2 is Espanol? Or is it only Islamic polygamy that exists in the USA now (maybe I am imagining all the Mormon English speaking polygamists)?

  7. There are plenty of men out there who have children they cannot provide for, even with one wife. I don't see the point of discriminating just because it is polygamous, if it was one man with 16 kids by one woman would that make it somehow more palatable? Since you cannot regulate how many children any woman has and the State chooses to pay benefits for the children it is unreasonable to discriminate, Either take the money away from all types of families or leave them alone. Social engineering doesn't get anyone anywhere.

  8. ermmm, doesn't ALL welfare systems allow single mothers to get welfare and if the 3 button is in Arabic doesn't it follow that number 1 is English and 2 is Espanol? Or is it only Islamic polygamy that exists in the USA now (maybe I am imagining all the Mormon English speaking polygamists)?

  9. There’s a difference between a man who has difficulty finding the employment to raise a family and a man who has as many wives as possible and knows that he doesn’t have to find employment because the state will raise the children. The burden of raising children has fallen on the woman for too long. If a man is not willing to be the main bread-winner for his family, he should be sterilized. In an arid region where food production isn’t the greatest, allowing people to have limitless children which are supported solely by the government is a major disaster waiting to happen. In the US, where food production is high, we allow this behavior where a guy will have a dozen children between several women, but eventually, the population will outstrip production (and it could happen next year if the right events take place), leading to social unrest and cannibalism. And this problem will be much worse in Israel when the population grows exponentially while food production doesn’t match the growth. If you’re man enough to produce a child, you should be man enough to provide for them. The problem is, in both the middle east and America, we think being a man is the same as being a sperm-donor. We are sadly mistaken.

  10. The problem is that if you pay people to do something, they will continue to do it. That is, if you pay for children you encourage more children to be produced. If the govt bureaucrats feel guilty that some children live in poverty, then take money from those who work and redistribute it to those who are in poverty, then they wonder why the incentives are perverse — people encouraged to have more children to get more benefits and people who work discouraged from higher productivity because taxation is higher to pay for somebody else’s children. If polygamy is bad, then paying for the children through state aid perversely encourages polygamy. Not a good solution for this tribal issue.

  11. Roasted Locust Polygamy equals cannibalism….how hysterical can you get? The birthrate is so low in many places that we can’t afford to take care of the old, I am hardly to worry about a small population with a high birthrate unless of could there is another reason for your hysteria?

  12. The State of Israel must take away the Israeli citizenship of the Arabs and of all other non-Jews, because the State of Israel is a Jewish state, so that only Jews can be citizens in Israel. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism.
    The State of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, because it is written in the Torah, in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism.

  13. There's a difference between a man who has difficulty finding the employment to raise a family and a man who has as many wives as possible and knows that he doesn't have to find employment because the state will raise the children. The burden of raising children has fallen on the woman for too long. If a man is not willing to be the main bread-winner for his family, he should be sterilized. In an arid region where food production isn't the greatest, allowing people to have limitless children which are supported solely by the government is a major disaster waiting to happen. In the US, where food production is high, we allow this behavior where a guy will have a dozen children between several women, but eventually, the population will outstrip production (and it could happen next year if the right events take place), leading to social unrest and cannibalism. And this problem will be much worse in Israel when the population grows exponentially while food production doesn't match the growth. If you're man enough to produce a child, you should be man enough to provide for them. The problem is, in both the middle east and America, we think being a man is the same as being a sperm-donor. We are sadly mistaken.

  14. The problem is that if you pay people to do something, they will continue to do it. That is, if you pay for children you encourage more children to be produced. If the govt bureaucrats feel guilty that some children live in poverty, then take money from those who work and redistribute it to those who are in poverty, then they wonder why the incentives are perverse — people encouraged to have more children to get more benefits and people who work discouraged from higher productivity because taxation is higher to pay for somebody else's children. If polygamy is bad, then paying for the children through state aid perversely encourages polygamy. Not a good solution for this tribal issue.

  15. Roasted Locust Polygamy equals cannibalism….how hysterical can you get? The birthrate is so low in many places that we can't afford to take care of the old, I am hardly to worry about a small population with a high birthrate unless of could there is another reason for your hysteria?

  16. The State of Israel must take away the Israeli citizenship of the Arabs and of all other non-Jews, because the State of Israel is a Jewish state, so that only Jews can be citizens in Israel. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism.
    The State of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, because it is written in the Torah, in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism.

  17. Natasha Aiken, don’t lie. You don’t want to answer the questions because you can’t answer them. Governments and taxpayers are not an infinite source of wealth. You can keep raising taxes, but eventually, doing so weakens the economy. A weak economy leads to a weak society. Nobody’s saying to let these children starve. We’re just saying that people should make informed decisions about how many children they have and fathers who produce those children should provide for those children. You’re acting like that’s an insane request. The craziness in the room is the person who’s acting like resources are unlimited, that fathers shouldn’t have to take care of their children, and polygamy is a good thing. I’ll dust off my Accounting 101 book and teach you a few basics that the folks in Washington haven’t even learned yet.

  18. Natasha Aiken, don't lie. You don't want to answer the questions because you can't answer them. Governments and taxpayers are not an infinite source of wealth. You can keep raising taxes, but eventually, doing so weakens the economy. A weak economy leads to a weak society. Nobody's saying to let these children starve. We're just saying that people should make informed decisions about how many children they have and fathers who produce those children should provide for those children. You're acting like that's an insane request. The craziness in the room is the person who's acting like resources are unlimited, that fathers shouldn't have to take care of their children, and polygamy is a good thing. I'll dust off my Accounting 101 book and teach you a few basics that the folks in Washington haven't even learned yet.

  19. Roasted Locust So you send me a huge paragraph full of strawmen and insist I answer them or I am a liar? How about you ask a proper question instead of expecting me to defend myself against claims I never actually made? Getting insulting and calling me a liar first off will not get you any answer you seek and won’t get you the attention you desire, it is not big nor clever and no, I did not bother to read anything after the first line. Well done you!!!!

  20. Roasted Locust So you send me a huge paragraph full of strawmen and insist I answer them or I am a liar? How about you ask a proper question instead of expecting me to defend myself against claims I never actually made? Getting insulting and calling me a liar first off will not get you any answer you seek and won't get you the attention you desire, it is not big nor clever and no, I did not bother to read anything after the first line. Well done you!!!!

  21. Natasha Aiken, the Other wives of Islamic men are NOT single women. BUT because the USofA doesn’t recognize more than ONE wife, the Islamic men are able to register OTHER wives as single mothers and the state then pays for that wife and children rendering it NOT NECESSARY for the rest of the family to search for employment. The Mormon religion does not practice polygamy anymore.

  22. Dixie Vangelisti I am referring to Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamists Dixie, of whom there are an estimated 30k in the USA…all English speaking and often accused of just the same practises wrt welfare fraud, my question is where is your indignation about them?

  23. Natasha Aiken, the Other wives of Islamic men are NOT single women. BUT because the USofA doesn't recognize more than ONE wife, the Islamic men are able to register OTHER wives as single mothers and the state then pays for that wife and children rendering it NOT NECESSARY for the rest of the family to search for employment. The Mormon religion does not practice polygamy anymore.

  24. Dixie Vangelisti I am referring to Mormon Fundamentalist Polygamists Dixie, of whom there are an estimated 30k in the USA…all English speaking and often accused of just the same practises wrt welfare fraud, my question is where is your indignation about them?

  25. Natasha Aiken, just because a white man does it, doesn’t mean it’s right. Why should any modern government support any tradition that allows men to turn their own daughters into slaves? These Mormons you talk of have been known to sell girls as young as 13 to the highest bidders, and the same thing is happening in Israel, at the expense of the tax-payers there. Why do you feel any state should support a culture that treats its girls as sex slaves? Because white men do it too? That’s your best answer?

  26. Natasha Aiken, just because a white man does it, doesn't mean it's right. Why should any modern government support any tradition that allows men to turn their own daughters into slaves? These Mormons you talk of have been known to sell girls as young as 13 to the highest bidders, and the same thing is happening in Israel, at the expense of the tax-payers there. Why do you feel any state should support a culture that treats its girls as sex slaves? Because white men do it too? That's your best answer?

  27. Roasted Locust Actually I don’t for one second mention ‘white’ anything. As I told you before, if you ask a sensible question, you will get a sensible answer, otherwise don’t bother.

  28. Roasted Locust Actually I don't for one second mention 'white' anything. As I told you before, if you ask a sensible question, you will get a sensible answer, otherwise don't bother.

  29. Natasha Aiken, I’ve asked you dozens of sensible questions, but you aren’t sensible enough to answer them. Your only defense of polygamy is “Well, Mormon fundamentalists do it, so what’s the big deal?” When confronted with a simple question, you attack the one posing the question without touching the question itself. You’ve given no good reasons why Israel should support, without question, families where the father has multiple wives and little responsibility to them and their children. You say it’s a form of social engineering to try to change this system of slavery, but you don’t even understand what social engineering is and how nearly every form of government practices it (taxes on unhealthy products, public education and television, welfare, medicine, etc.). Get real…when the government is paying for everything, it becomes the government’s job to reduce costs by “nudging” people into making the right decisions for their own health and the health of the nation. Now grow up and take an accounting class and try to understand that women deserve to be treated as equals and taxpayers aren’t responsible for raising the children of others…it’s an act of charity, which is not required. They’re lucky the Israelis are so kind, because the Israelis could use that money for other purposes. You think money is as free as the air though, but even the air has limits, except for maybe the air coming from your lungs or head…

  30. Roasted Locust Your “sensible” questions are hidden behind your strawmen and your bad attitude, that is why I won’t answer you, why should I? Why would it benefit me? Your not actually entitled to a response from me and frankly I couldn’t care less what you think.

  31. Natasha Aiken, I've asked you dozens of sensible questions, but you aren't sensible enough to answer them. Your only defense of polygamy is "Well, Mormon fundamentalists do it, so what's the big deal?" When confronted with a simple question, you attack the one posing the question without touching the question itself. You've given no good reasons why Israel should support, without question, families where the father has multiple wives and little responsibility to them and their children. You say it's a form of social engineering to try to change this system of slavery, but you don't even understand what social engineering is and how nearly every form of government practices it (taxes on unhealthy products, public education and television, welfare, medicine, etc.). Get real…when the government is paying for everything, it becomes the government's job to reduce costs by "nudging" people into making the right decisions for their own health and the health of the nation. Now grow up and take an accounting class and try to understand that women deserve to be treated as equals and taxpayers aren't responsible for raising the children of others…it's an act of charity, which is not required. They're lucky the Israelis are so kind, because the Israelis could use that money for other purposes. You think money is as free as the air though, but even the air has limits, except for maybe the air coming from your lungs or head…

  32. Roasted Locust Your "sensible" questions are hidden behind your strawmen and your bad attitude, that is why I won't answer you, why should I? Why would it benefit me? Your not actually entitled to a response from me and frankly I couldn't care less what you think.

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