The march passes the Knesset. (Photo Haaretz)
A four-day march led by Palestinian-Israeli MPs in solidarity with
Israel's impoverished Bedouin community wound up on Sunday at Israel's presidency. President Reuven Rivlin's office said Palestinian
representatives delivered a report on the hardships faced by Bedouin
villages to his wife, Nechama, as the head of state was in Singapore for
the funeral of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew. She would hand over the report to the president on his return.
Israel's top Palestinian MP, Ayman Odeh, began the 100-kilometer march on
Thursday with several dozen supporters, saying their aim was to put a
spotlight on the "human misery" faced by the Bedouin.
started in the Bedouin village of Wadi al-Naam near the southern Israeli
city of Beersheba but not recognized by the authorities.
has pledged to secure formal recognition for more than 40 Bedouin
villages which have no running water, are not connected to the
electricity grid and lack basic infrastructure because of their
unrecognized status. He visited several of the largest villages on the march to Jerusalem.
Around 260,000 Bedouin live in Israel, more than half in unrecognized villages without utilities. Many live in extreme poverty.