Members of the Tarabin tribe say they were moved by Israel in 1956 to their current location.
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The almost unbearable stench of the dump fades for a moment when Musa Tarabin puts freshly ground coffee into a pot of water boiling over open coals. Tarabin lives in a tiny Bedouin village in Israel's south located right next to a landfill, its mountain of rubbish and scavenging birds looming behind. The grim conditions are a stark example of the land disputes between Israel and Bedouins, 1948 Palestinian citizens of the country who usually live in the Negev desert. The predicament highlights controversy over Israel's attempts to regulate and finalize arrangements for the historically nomadic Bedouins.A spokeswoman for the Authority for Development and Settlement of the Bedouin in the Negev confirmed the Tarabins had been living at the Dudaim site prior to the dump. Around 230,000 Bedouins live in Israel's south, including 90,000 in "unrecognized areas," according to official data.
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