He had been “throwing stones” at children. He was most likely throwing stones at his tormentors. In Islamic countries, it is common to ill-treat the handicapped and the mentally ill. Children and teens will heckle and ridicule them, hit them with sticks, throw rocks at them, kick them, call them names by emulating the adults. Sometimes people in this situation are tied to a chain and left in a room, where food is thrown at them like a chained animal. They are hidden from any other human contact or care. At other times, if families can afford the cost, they are kept at ‘care homes’ where they are chained to a bed their entire life. The idea that they are mentally ill because they are possessed by a jinn does not help in promoting better treatment of the mentally ill and disabled in Muslim countries.
Naked Bedouin found chained to a building in Israel had been there for FIFTEEN years
- The man was discovered by an officer overseeing demolition of illegal constructions in the Negev desert
- He claimed to have been there for 15 years
- Police believe he was chained up by his family because he suffers from mental illness
- The man is Bedouin, a descendant of the desert’s nomads
A naked man discovered chained to a building told police he had been there for 15 years.
Israeli police believe the man was chained up by his family because he suffered from mental illness, and had thrown stones at children.
The Bedouin man was found when an officer overseeing demolitions of illegal constructions in part of the Negev desert heard cries coming from a shed.
‘He approached and found the man without clothes and chained to a wall,’ a police statement said.
He was found in the area of Alfora, about 13 miles east of the city of Beersheba.
Israeli media reports that the 43-year-old man’s face was covered in dirt and his hair and beard appeared as if they had not been cut in years.
He was taken to hospital and social welfare authorities were notified.
The man was discovered by an officer overseeing a building demolition in the Negev desert in Israel.
Israeli police were checking the veracity of his statements.
Some 300,000 Bedouins, the descendants of desert nomads, live in Israel, mainly in the Negev, located in the country’s south.
A large number live in unrecognised villages, often in deep poverty without connections to the electricity grid or water mains.
Israeli authorities regularly demolish Bedouin structures they consider illegal and say they want to improve their living conditions.
Bedouins allege mistreatment, denouncing the demolitions and what they call forced relocations.