In Israel, democracy is delayed for Bedouin
It is hard to break free from the idea that there are those in the Interior Ministry who don't want there to be elections in Abu Basma.
Last week, 27 local authorities held elections; it was democracy in action. Only in one regional council did the Interior Ministry cancel the basic right to choose and be chosen: the Abu Basma council in the northern Negev, which is run by Jewish officials, as it has been since its establishment a decade ago - even though the council governs a population consisting entirely of Bedouin residents.
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