Constantly pushed out of farmlands, concentrated in circumscribed areas, and forced to sell their produce through exploitative monopolies – this is how the Military Government did the state’s bidding in the dispossession and suppression of Bedouin communities the Negev in southern Israel. In a letter to the Minister of Agriculture, the head of the al-Hozayel tribe details an ordeal of exploitation, culminating with Israeli combine harvesters confiscating grain from an area spanning 4,000 dunams. The confiscated crops made their way in the hands of none other than the military governor himself.

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Letter of Sheikh Saqer Salameh al-Hozayel to Minister of Agriculture Kadish Luz,
May 17, 1956