Are Negev Bedouin radicalizing?

Bedouin citizens in Israel's south are placing stone plaques with image of Al-Aqsa mosque on the sides of their homes.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Al-Aqsa sign placed in the side of a Bedouin home
Al-Aqsa sign placed in the side of a Bedouin home

Bedouin citizens in the Negev have begun embedding an image of Al-Aqsa mosque in the stone walls of their homes, Israel Hayom reported.

The new signs are part of a larger trend in which the Bedouin population Islamic and radical, and more supportive of the Palestinian Authority as a result of the Bedouin "importing" of PA wives.

Muslims are polygamous, and in Bedouin society, the first, most honored wife is another Bedouin, while second wives, who are considered lower class, come from the PA or Gaza. As a result of this "intermarriage," many PA and Gazan women acquire Israeli citizenship, and many Bedouin children feel a close connection with the PA and Gaza.

"These signs are warning signals, warning us of the arousal of nationalistic [tendencies] among Israel's Bedouin citizens," Amihai Yogev of Regavim noted. "We need to understand that this is mostly the result of State policies.

The Regavim Movement works to preserve state lands.

"On the one hand, for dozens of years, Israel has not fought the trend of 'importing' wives from the Palestinian Authority," he noted. "This caused a situation in which the PA wives and their children comprise a full fifth of the Bedouin population."

"On the other hand, Israel has not prevented the incitement led by Raed Salah and the Islamic Movement, which have become more popular among the Bedouin.

"Israel must re-apply its sovereignty to the Negev," Yogev concluded.