First New Bedouin Village in 15 Years Approved

YERUSHALAYIM (A. Peer, Hamodia Military Correspondent) —

The Housing Cabinet on Tuesday approved by unanimous vote the construction of the first new Bedouin village in the Negev in 15 years, part of the government’s efforts to bring order to the housing situation among Bedouins.

The new village was slated for construction just south of the existing Bedouin town of Segev Shalom, and is aimed primarily at the al-Azazme tribe, who currently live in unrecognized communities between Be’er Sheva and Mitzpeh Ramon.

The village, which will cover over 2,200 acres and provide housing for approximately 9,000 people, was the initiative of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), who was given the Bedouin portfolio by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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