Muslim radicalization has been growing in the Bedouin sector in Israel, as can bee seen in the increasing number of Al-Aqsa mosque symbols on the walls of Bedouin homes in recent months.
Most of the homes bearing the symbol are new constructions in Bedouin towns and villages. Bedouin are also building more mosques in their communities.
As well as increasingly embracing Islam, the Bedouin are increasingly adopting a ‘Palestinian’ identity.
Faiz Abu Sahiban, former mayor of the Bedouin town Rahat and a member of the Southern Branch of the Islamic Movement, told Israel Hayom that religion is becoming a stronger presence in the sector.
“In Rahat, they build a mosque every few years, and the women go to the mosque and are given religious education too,” Abu Sahiban said. “In the mosques, we talk about social problems like violence, as well as Al-Aqsa, because we can’t give up [on it].”
During prayers, the Bedouin raise money for the “fight for Al-Aqsa.”
Adi Carmi, a former official in the Shin Bet security agency, said the rise in nationalism among the Bedouin is the result of two main factors: family reunification, when the children of a mother from Judea-Samaria visit villages there and are exposed to incitement, and Bedouin who study in the Palestinian Authority territories.
Carmi said the children of family reunification marriages “are absolutely more capable of making their way to terrorism.”
On December 23, two Bedouin terrorists residents of the Negev, were arrested over for the murder of IDF soldier Ron Kukia a day earlier in Arad.