The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah),
petitioned the Israeli District Court in Haifa, on Monday, to connect
the unrecognized Bedouin communities with water supply by connecting
them to the national water infrastructure.
The families, totalling several hundreds are living in what Israel considers unrecognized communities in the Negev area.
The petition said that Israel's Commissioner's decision not to connect the resident with water resources is based on considerations that seek to promote the government policy to take over and control the lands of the Bedouins and force them to leave their homes.
Attorney Adel Bodeir of Adalah wrote in the center's petition that the residents are deprived from their water supplies, and that Israel is compromising their basic human rights of dignity, and that the Bedouins are not even receiving the basic minimal living conditions.
The center also argued that the residents are not receiving their right to health services.
Moreover, the center argued in its petition that the Israeli government is discriminating against the Bedouins in the Negev by allowing Jewish settlers to have large ranches there without obtaining permits from the state.
The ranches are connected with modern infrastructure, while the Bedouins are suffering and hoping to be connected to water resources by gaining access to the main pipelines in the Negev.