Israel: emotion after the rape of a woman in the south of the country

The Negev desert, in the south of Israel, is home to a large Bedouin community, a nomadic, Arab people and citizen of Israel.


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In southern Israel, a man from the Bedouin community was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in her thirties in front of her children.

A news item that comes as the new Israeli coalition is preparing precisely to suppress crime in this region of the country. 


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With our correspondent in Jerusalem


Michel Paul

The rape of a young woman at home, in the presence of her three children, provokes emotion and anger in Israel.

It takes place in the small town of Gedera in southern Israel.

Residents of the city took to the streets to demonstrate and demand more security.

In less than 24 hours, the scientific police found the author of the attack.

A 22-year-old young man, member of a Bedouin tribe in the region.

And this revives the debate on the tense relations with

the Bedouins of the Negev

- nomadic people, Arabs and citizens of Israel - who live for many in unrecognized villages, without connection to the electricity grid, without access to drinking water, and which do not recognize, for some, the laws of the country.

A problem inscribed in the political program of the new Israeli government, the most extremist that the country has ever known.

And when National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir visited the scene, protesters demanded more action and less talk. 

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