Mahmood Al Waliidi Al Sil served in the Israeli Army for 23 years. He has 16 children with two wives. Mahmood built a house for his son so he could get married as is expected in Bedouin culture, but before he could even move in The Israelis demolished the house. The wedding was called off by the bride's family. The State of Israel does not recognize any part of the Negev Beduoin Arabs' ownership of their ancestral land, despite many of their villages being built many years before the establishment of the state. This has resulted in Bedouin Arabs living in unrecognized villages without access to basic amenities in violation of their basic human rights. The 150,000 Bedouin of the Negev are Israel's poorest and unhealthiest citizens.