Bedouin IDF soldiers of Rumat al-Heib during a military parade in Tel-Aviv in June 1949.
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. 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.
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.
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