Facts about the Bedouins

Basic information about this misunderstood community of southern Israel.

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-Dozens of Bedouin have been killed in military service since 1948. According to IDF official figures, 110 Bedouin soldiers have been killed in military service since 1948.

-In recent years, fewer Bedouin have joined the IDF. In 2004, 400 Bedouin volunteered to military service, while in 2007, this figure dropped to only 222. However, a sharp increase took place in 2008, with more than 400 Bedouin recruits for the IDF, due to intensive steps taken by leading government and IDF officials to encourage Bedouin youngsters to volunteer.

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