Rumat al-Heib, 2011
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.
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 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.
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