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Residents of Bedouin village in southern Israel barred from voter registration

09/05/2017

Adalah demands Israel permit residents of Al Fura' to register to vote prior to upcoming regional
elections; village was recognized by the state in 2006.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel has sent a letter to Israeli Interior Minister
Aryeh Deri and Al Qassoum Regional Council Elections Director Mickey Berkovitch to demand that
residents of a Bedouin village in the Naqab (Negev) desert region of southern Israel be allowed to
register to vote.

Adalah sent the letter on 23 March 2017 on behalf of Al Fura' residents demanding that they be
registered to vote prior to the upcoming Al Qassoum Regional Council elections on 25 April. It will be the

first regional council elections held in Al Qassoum since the establishment of the Abu Basma Regional Council in 2003. Al Fura' was recognized by the state in 2006. Haddad argued that "The rights to vote and to be elected are basic rights at both the national and local levels. which was then split into the two regional councils of Al Qassoum and Neve Midbar in 2012. "This situation creates a serious infringement of the right to equality and discriminates against the residents of Al Fura'. partly in order to deny the right to vote to the population of the villages." Related Press Releases: New Law Deprives 25. even though they also pay local taxes to the council and it is responsible for their welfare.000 Arab Bedouin Citizens of Israel of Right to Vote in Local Elections in the Naqab (Negev) . The courts have repeatedly ruled that the rights to vote and to be elected to local government are constitutional rights of the utmost importance." said Adalah Attorney Muna Haddad. unlike the residents of other villages within the council's jurisdiction. despite its recognized status the residents of Al Fura' have not been registered to vote in elections to the Al Qassoum Regional Council. However. who wrote the letter.

T +972 (0) 4-9501610 F +972 (0) 4-9503140 Email: adalah@adalah. Haifa 31090. Israel . Al Fura'. Voting rights 94 Yaffa Street. Arab Bedouin.org Mobile & Web Applications Development .Adalah demands public transportation routes for residents of unrecognized Bedouin villages on Election Day Read more: Unrecognized Arab Bedouin villages. bedouin. PO Box 8921. Elections and political participation among the Arab-Palestinian minority.