Kamel Jum'a Abu Nadi is a 45-year-old Bedouin from the Negev, in southern Israel. He has a family and a means to support them by raising camels and selling their high-quality milk to distributors all over Israel.
In this interview he states that there are many who do not have the best interests of the Bedouin in mind~for sixty years nobody bothered with the Bedouin, so why now?
Abu Nadi has called for change in the Bedouin society of the Negev and he is hoping for progress. He is one who believes that the Israeli government's new plan of community and economic development in the Bedouin community~if implemented correctly~could bring about a dramatic change in the quality of life of the Negev's Bedouin population. He sees that this will lay the foundation for a better future for all of their children.
There is no mention of "stealing" land. In fact he points out that he was compensated and helped to re-settle. I think it is time that we listened to the people who are actually on the ground and affected by policy. This is one man who is thinking of the future for himself, and his children.
The Bedouin in the Negev: Hoping for Change