A leading Israeli rabbi has called on his government to “encourage Bedouins to return to their native land in Saudi Arabia and Libya”. Rabbi Dov Lior made his statement during the fourth Ramla conference on 26 April.
“With regards to the Bedouins I say that incentives should be nurtured, including financial incentives, to encourage them to return to their countries of origin,” he said. “Today there is a great deal of land in Saudi Arabia. Libya also has some available land. They have enough land. I’m not saying that we won’t help them from a humanitarian perspective – we’ll help them there. If they are left here, there won’t be any solution as they work against the people of Israel and the State of Israel,” added the rabbi of the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron in the occupied West Bank.
In response, Arab Knesset Member Talab El Sana filed a notice to the Israeli Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, asking him to initiate a criminal investigation against Rabbi Lior for his “racist” statements.