Israeli Delays Bedouin Council Local Elections for Five Months Amid Voter Eligibility Dispute

Only a fraction of Al-Kasom's residents in Israel's northern Negev desert are registered to vote due to a land dispute and the insistence of many on sticking with tribal linked identification cards seen as a safer bet to avoid losing property.

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Interior Minister Arye Dery on Thursday postponed local elections for the Bedouin Al-Kasom Regional Council in the Negev for five months amid a dispute over numbers of residents entitled to vote.