Against the roar of Israeli military jets from a nearby airbase, Khalil Alamour considers what it means to be a Bedouin. “To be part of a family and tribe, to have open space, to have freedom to live in the traditional agricultural way that our forefathers lived in, to maintain our traditions and values, to be generous and offer good hospitality, to be patient, to help each other, to be human. The importance of the land is enormous, people are connected to the land, it is part of our dignity.”
But the Bedouin’s ancestral way of life in the Negev, a vast desert area in southern Israel, is facing a new threat from attempts to clear the arid hills and plains for property developments and swaths of forest.
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