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    Arouts 7 - (Israël) 2 novembre 2009 – Death Threats against Bedouin with Jewish Ancestry by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
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      Arouts 7 -
      (Israël) 2 novembre 2009 –
      Death Threats against Bedouin with Jewish Ancestry

      by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/134177


      (IsraelNN.com) Bedouin in the area of Rahat, northwest of Be’er Sheva,
      have threatened the life of a neighboring sheikh and set his house on
      fire following his recent meeting to reinforce ties with Jews and
      Judaism that are part of his ancestry.

      Sheikh Salem al-Huzeil maintains that most his tribal ancestors were
      Jewish until they were forced to convert during the Muslim conquest
      approximately 1,300 years ago. Hundreds of Bedouin and Arabs families in
      neighboring villages are known to practice certain Jewish customs, such
      as lighting candles Friday night, evidence of their Jewish roots.

      Bedouin enemies have reacted violently to his efforts to maintain
      friendly relations with the Jewish community and to demonstrate for the
      release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Posters recently have been
      distributed calling for the death of Sheikh al-Huzeil, although he has
      said that his tribe has no intentions of converting to Judaism. Several
      members of his family suffered severe burns after Bedouin opponents set
      his house on fire.

      The Islamic Movement in the south does not want good relations with
      Jews,” noted Rabbi Dov Stein, who as among those who met with the
      Sheikh. Rabbi Stein has urged Defense Minister Ehud Barak to investigate
      the threats and calls for incitement. The movement's northern branch is
      headed by Sheikh Raad Salah, who has been convicted several times for
      incitement
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