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Dayan Tells Bedouin Leaders They Will Be Held Responsible for Sabotage

Defense Minister Gen. Moshe Dayan has warned leaders of Bedouin tribes in the Negev and Sinai that they will be held responsible for acts of sabotage by their people. Gen. Dayan visited the Bedouin leaders on Yom Kippur eve as a result of a rising incidence of minings and attacks on Israeli troops in the Negev by Bedouins in the service of Jordan or Egypt. The meeting brought to light the fact that Israel had been imposing collective punishment on the Bedouin tribes by revoking a flour quota and discontinuing social welfare grants. The punishment was revoked following the meeting at which the tribal elders promised to prevent infiltration into the regions where they live.