Israel’s Beduin

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May 5, 2012 22:32

We mustn’t lose sight of the risk that disrespect for the law might spread to other segments of society.

A Beduin man rides a horse in al-Arakib

A Beduin man rides a horse in al-Arakib 311 (R). (photo credit:REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

The Knesset Committee on the Status of Women last week turned its attention to Israel’s Beduin. The emergent picture was no less than shocking. Most Israelis wouldn’t imagine such repression within our enlightened country.

Pro forma, we have progressive laws that are enforced vigorously and equitably. However, beneath this enlightened surface lurks a reality so unseemly that it’s hardly inaccurate to speak of another country-with-the-country, where our system of justice is plainly absent.

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