The inauguration of the Bedouin Village of Dahaniya in the southern Gaza Strip took place this week (Wednesday 14 June).
The inauguration of the Bedouin Village of Dahaniya in the southern Gaza Strip took place this week (Wednesday 14 June). The village is inhabited by over one hundred families who farm an area covering two hundred and fifty acres.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli military Government is developing parts of the Gaza Strip for the Bedouin, and the handing over of Dahaniya village to local farmers is seen by the Israelis as a significant step in this direction.
The inauguration ceremony was performed by Sheikh Hassan Eshtawi. He was accompanied by Major General Avraham Orly who is co-ordinator of activities in Israeli administered areas. The two hundred and fifty acres of farming area were prepared for cultivation by the Israeli Military Government some time ago. Israel maintains that the area's prosperity is shared by the Bedouin tribes whose main source of income before 1967 was drug smuggling. Now with the inauguration of the village of Dahaniya, traditional Bedouin tents have given way to eighty completed buildings which include a school, a clinic and a Mosque.