JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Supreme court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by the descendants of Sheikh Suleiman Muhammad al-Ukbi against a decision by the central court of Beersheba three years ago.
The court in 2012 refused a request to register 1,000 dunams (250 acres) of land in the villages of al-Araqib and Shariaa in northern Negev to their names as heirs of the original owner Sheikh al-Ukbi. The Supreme Court also decided that the land should be registered under the name of Israeli development authority.”The issue of Bedouin tribal rights to ownership of lands in the Negev is very important and an acceptable solution to both sides should be reached as soon as possible,” the court decision read. The court argued that during the era of the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate, “rights were not granted to lands located far from populated areas.”For their part…
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