The Unrecognized Villages In Brief
The Arab Bedouin community of the Negev is one of Israel’s poorest, most marginalized populations. Half of the Negev Bedouin, approximately 100,000 people, live in communities that are unrecognized by the government of Israel and therefore do not receive basic services, such as electricity, running water, garbage collection, paved roads, schools, clinics, and more. According to the Ministry of Health, infant mortality is more than six times higher in the Bedouin community than Israel’s national average. Inadequate access to electricity and clean water compound this statistic. Moreover, children under 14 years old represent 50% of this population.