Bedouin Mayor Decries Palestinian Influx

Ad Feedback - RAHAT, Israel - The mayor of the Bedouin Negev city of Rahat is deeply concerned by the influx of some 4,000 Palestinians who have taken up illegal residence there.

"The residents are worried," said Tala al-Karnawi, Rahat's mayor. "One of the illegal residents could plan a terror attack and from here, he could reach anyplace in the country," he said.

According to the mayor, Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus have moved to the town because they feel more secure in an Israeli town where Arabs live.

"They are simply looking for a city of refuge," al-Karnawi said.

But the mayor and the residents are concerned that Rahat and Israeli Bedouins will pay dearly should one of the Palestinians carry out a terror attack from there.

"They wander around the city. No one knows how many there are, where they come from or what they do at night," said the mayor. "I am warning the State of Israel about their presence in Rahat," he said.

"There are terrorists among the illegal residents and we're scared they will sully the name of Rahat," another resident, Abu Sharib Diab, said.

Source: Haaretz

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