editorial | israeli bedouin
More than mere squatters
Israel has always trumpeted the fact that it is the only democratic state in the Middle East and the only country where Arab citizens can openly criticize their own government and vote in free and fair elections. Arabs even serve in the Israeli military. Many are Bedouin, maintaining a partnership that dates back prior to 1948. However, many Israeli Bedouin live in unauthorized villages, and Israel is cracking down. The Israelis should move gingerly to avoid needlessly offending Arab citizens.