A Bedouin sheikh walks in the unrecognized village of Wadi El Naam, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. Israeli authorities were reportedly planning to destroy a mosque in the village because it was built without a permit, which Bedouins cannot obtain in their unrecognized communities. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

A Beginner’s Guide to Israel’s Unrecognized Villages

Thousands of Arab Bedouins in Israel’s Negev desert are denied power, water, sewage, and roads by the state. And their villages are under constant threat of demolition.

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