Rumat al-Heib

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Rumat al-Heib
רומת אל-הייב
رُمة الهـَيـْب
Bedouin IDF soldiers of Rumat al-Heib during a military parade in Tel-Aviv in June 1949.
Bedouin IDF soldiers of Rumat al-Heib during a military parade in Tel-Aviv in June 1949.
Rumat al-Heib is located in Israel
Rumat al-Heib
Rumat al-Heib
Coordinates: 32°46′39″N 35°18′26″E / 32.77750°N 35.30722°E / 32.77750; 35.30722Coordinates: 32°46′39″N 35°18′26″E / 32.77750°N 35.30722°E / 32.77750; 35.30722
Council al-Batuf
Population (2011) 1,710

Rumat al-Heib (Arabic: رُمة الهـَيـْب‎; Hebrew: רומת אל-הייב‎) is a Bedouin village in northern Israel. Located near Nazareth in the Lower Galilee, it falls under the jurisdiction of the al-Batuf Regional Council. In 2011 it had a population of 1,710.[1] The village was established at the beginning of the 1920s by members of the Arab al-Heib tribe and was originally named after the family. The current name was adopted in 1968.[citation needed]

The al-Heib Bedouin tribe was one of the several Bedouin allies of the Jewish military forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, actively participating in securing the lower Galilee and the Beth Shean valley from Palestinian Arab paramilitaries and the Arab Liberation Army. The al-Heib fighters later formed the core of the Minorities Unit of the IDF. Up to this day, many of the al-Heib men conscript for a full service in the IDF, and many also volunteer for professional military service. The Bedouin Soldier memorial is located in the vicinity of the village.[citation needed]

In 2007, there were tensions between the village and the nearby moshav of Tzippori, with the Bedouins accused of cattle rustling.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population by settlement Central Bureau of Statistics
  2. ^ New version of old self-defense group guards Jewish farmlands Haaretz, 28 December 2007