Israel’s hidden victims, the Arab Bedouins, were also attacked by Hamas | ET REALITY


During their murderous rampage on October 7, Hamas militants attacked Zikkim Beach near the Gaza Strip, where Abd Alrahman Aatef Ziadna and his family had been camping along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ziadna, 26, was murdered inside his tent and four members of his Bedouin family went missing.

Since the massacre of 1,400 Israelis and foreigners at the hands of Hamas terrorists on October 7, the world’s sympathies have focused on the Jewish communities closest to Gaza, where many of the victims lived. Atrocities were also committed against one of Israel’s most hidden minorities: the Bedouin Arabs.

At least 17 people killed in the Hamas attacks were Bedouins in and around Rahat, the largest town in an impoverished, predominantly Bedouin area of ​​southern Israel. Another victim was an Arab paramedic from northern Israel who had come to work at the all-night music and dance festival, where 260 people were killed.

Ayesha Ziadna, 29, a relative of the Ziadnas who were attacked on the beach, said the four family members who went missing are still missing, as are other area residents, although the exact number was not immediately clear. .

Dr. Yasmeen Abu Fraiha, who grew up in the Bedouin city of Tel Sheva, said she rushed to her hospital in Beer Sheva as staff rushed to treat hundreds of patients that day, including victims who had lost limbs and others who had been shot. , including the Bedouins. They served children, elderly people and also foreigners.

Hamas did not target the Bedouins directly, but “rockets and bullets do not discriminate,” Dr. Fraiha said.

In the aftermath of the attacks, many Bedouins lost their livelihoods on Israeli farms that were looted, creating extreme hardship for an already struggling community. “There are many people who are suffering,” Ziadna said. “Many people are out of work. People are afraid”.

Even before the recent attacks, the Bedouins had long suffered at the hands of Hamas. Because many live in villages not recognized by Israel, they mostly lack the bomb shelters and health clinics that the government has made widely available in southern Israel. Even in Rahat, with a population of around 80,000, there were only about 10 bomb shelters, the city’s mayor, Ata Abu Mediam, told Israeli media.

When Hamas fires rockets, people have nowhere to go, Ziadna said. The largely aluminum roofs of Bedouin homes turn into deadly shrapnel, which she called “knives.” Hamas rockets killed several members of a Bedouin community.

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