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Bedouin soldier in Israeli uniform at Land Day festival in Negev
Published Tuesday 01/04/2014 (updated) 02/04/2014 19:58
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BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – An Arab Bedouin soldier from the Negev who serves in the Israeli army on Sunday showed up in the audience during a festival marking Land Day in the Negev village of Surin.

The soldier's appearance was taken as very provocative by the audience.

Palestinian Bedouin member of the Israeli Knesset Talab Abu Arar delivered a speech during the commemoration urging Bedouin soldiers who serve in the Israeli forces to take off their military uniform in protest against confiscation of Bedouin lands and demolition of their houses in Negev.

There are very few Bedouin soldiers in the Israeli army, he added, highlighting that the phenomenon of Arabs joining the Israeli army has reduced considerably.

Speaking of Land Day, he said it was a memorial which reminds the Palestinians that they should pledge to hold on to their land. Israel, he added, has been confiscating lands every day and demolishing houses.

“This state is waging war against us. On this occasion we remember the blood of six of our martyrs … from whom we learnt that we should sacrifice our blood to protect the land.”

If Israel doesn’t grant us our rights completely, added Abu Arar, “we will take them by force. We have the needed weapons to fight for our rights,” he said explaining that unity amongst Palestinians living in Israel was the best and more efficient weapon.

Addressing Bedouin young men who join the Israeli army, he said that “those who wear the military uniform must take it off in protest against land confiscation and home demolition. How can you wear a military uniform when you see your mother mercilessly left homeless in the open?”

Another efficient weapon, said the member of Knesset, is the economic boycott.

“We can start with Israeli companies and stores which do not employ Arabs. We will use this weapon to get Israel to understand that we are not weak.”
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/04/2014 10:47
Nice try, Maan, but lots of Bedouin serve proudly in the IDF. The Bedouin land issue is not simple at all, despite anti-Israel attempts to paint it as a land grab (the truth is the opposite - Bedouins trying to grab land that is not theirs). Bedouin leaders are not doing their constituency any good by promoting illegal actions by their people. Israel Arab leaders who parachute in to pretend that Bedouin are "Palestinians" are clearly political opportunists. Come on Maan, report the story.

2 ) Rami / Palestine
02/04/2014 15:05
#1 Bedouins are not Palestinians, you say? That's amusing. So what are they then because you don't consider them Jewish either. So where did they come from? Some alternate dimension of Bedouin time travelers from the Planet X? Here's a newsflash Druze are Palestinians too...and so are Christians. But apparently Israel prides itself on the policy of "divide and conquer."

3 ) shlomo / us
02/04/2014 18:52
LOL again @brian cohen. do you have a stand up comic show in tel aviv? if not you should consider it. you can use the comments you post on this website as your material. zionists love saying that issues are "complicated" when, in fact, its as easy as apple pie, you just refuse to see it

4 ) Bustingears / USA
02/04/2014 19:27
#1 ... You are either ignorant or delusional .... Or "BOTH". BTW, thanks for the laugh !!!

5 ) Mel / USA
03/04/2014 03:13
Bravo Abu Arar.All Bedouin should refuse the uniform of their occupiers.Israel uses every Bedu as cheap Arab labor,to do its dirty work vs.other Palestinian/Arab brothers/sisters.Bedouin are paid crumbs to destroy their REAL Palestine under ILLEGAL commands issued to,written by,terrorist Rabbi's,RAVSHATZ/Zionist commanders,instead of their higher Generals.IDF/IAF's UNIQUE MAIN COMMAND IS NOT TO FOLLOW ILLEGAL COMMANDS! TheOCCUPATION is ILLEGAL!Bedouin can't serve a side that wants them DEAD!

6 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
14/04/2014 15:03
Rami: Most Bedouin will fight if you call them Palestinian. They usually despise people such as yourself. Deal with it. Not everybody speaking Arabic buys into the "Palestinian" fantasy. As for the article, Bedouin enlistment, which is voluntary, has never been higher.
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