Context: Arab Bedouin
Arab Bedouin, who were traditionally nomadic, were largely displaced from their ancestral lands in the Negev in 1948. Today, about 160,000 Bedouin live within Israel’s current borders. Although Bedouin hold Israeli citizenship, Israel refuses to recognize Bedouin communities that remain in the Negev in southern Israel. In an effort to force Bedouin to move off the land into urban developments, Israel has deprived them of access to water and other services and, in April 2016, destroyed the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib for the 113th time.