Sinai’s Beduin making their grievances known

06.07.2011                      04.Tammus, 5771

Sinai-Beduinen:

Sinai’s Beduin making their grievances known

Post-Mubarak, nomadic tribes aim to gain more official levels of local autonomy, despite recent gas pipeline explosions.

No suspects have yet been apprehended in Monday’s pipeline blast, but suspicions on both sides of the Egyptian-Israeli border have already settled on Sinai’s Beduin. Since Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in February, members of the peninsula’s 400,000-strong community have enjoyed an autonomy unrivaled in decades, one which presents real security concerns for Cairo and Jerusalem.
In practice, Sinai has long been semi-autonomous, with Beduin chieftains and militia – not Cairo – determining the flow of goods, money and people. In recent years the central government has taken to encouraging mainland Egyptians to settle in the peninsula, mainly to work in tourism, a campaign the Beduin deeply resent….