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Bedouin Villages in Israel Appeal for Help

The Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages in Israel are comprised of 45 villages with a combined population of more than 80,000 people, all citizens of Israel and therefore deserving the same rights before the law as Jewish citizens in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The use of the word 'unrecognized' denotes the fact that the Israeli government refuses to provide them with basic infrastructure and services, such as water, electricity, sewage, garbage collection, paved roads, or medical services within the villages. The purpose for this lack of recognition is a stated policy goal of eradicating the traditional Bedouin way of life by making life as difficult and unpleasant as possible, thus forcing them to move to cities and settled towns. All houses and structures within the villages are under constant threat of demolition (having been deemed 'illegal'), and the residents of the villages have, per capita, the highest rate of health problems within Israel, due to their lack of clean water and access to medical services. All told, the situation of the Bedouin is an atrocity, a pox on the face of a state which considers itself a democracy.

The Regional Council now seeks to secure political change to ensure the human rights of the Bedouin in Israel