Daily Israel Report

Bedouin Sheikh: My People are of Jewish Descent

An Israeli Bedouin Sheikh tells INN TV that he is of Jewish descent. Historian claims most Bedouin, Arabs in Israel are Jewish.
By INN TV staff
First Publish: 10/15/2009, 11:07 PM / Last Update: 10/15/2009, 11:12 PM

Israel Bedouin Sheikh Salem al-Huzeil believes that he and many others like him are of Jewish descent. In an interview with INN TV, Huzeil explains how a single “tahayat” - mistake – made several generations ago led to his current situation as a Muslim Bedouin leader who identifies as Jewish.


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Huzeil was joined by Tzvi Misinai, a researcher who is convinced that Huzeil's story is far from unique. In fact, most of the Bedouins and Arabs living in Israel are Jewish, Misinai says.

In the above video, Huzeil tells his story, Misinai explains his research, and both men explain why they believe Israel's Bedouins and Arabs must be informed of their Jewish roots.