Rumat al-Heib

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Rumat al-Heib
רומת אל-הייב
رُمة الهـَيـْب
Rumat al-Heib, 2011
Rumat al-Heib, 2011
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
District Northern
Council Al-Batuf
Founded 1920s
Population (2015)[1] 1,882

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 2015 its population was 1,882.[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.[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 Beit She'an Valley from Arab paramilitaries and the Arab Liberation Army. The al-Heib fighters later formed the core of the Minorities Unit of the Israel Defense Forces. 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]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ New version of old self-defense group guards Jewish farmlands Haaretz, 28 December 2007


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