Jerusalem Report

Identity crisis

Youth in the Negev Bedouin city need the right tools to integrate into Israel's higher education system and job market.

Beduin women in the Negev
Photo by: HADAS PARUSH
“Right now, I don’t know who I am or what I am or if I have an identity. Sometimes, I feel Palestinian and sometimes I feel part of Israel,” says Haneen Alkarnawi, a 20-year-old college student from the Beduin town of Rahat in the Negev Desert.

It is a bright Sunday morning in Rahat, and as I chat with Alkarnawi over coffee in the library of the Alnajah High School – she is undergoing a teacher-training placement in English here – she opens up about her conflicting emotions and contradictory experiences as a young Beduin woman starting her adult life in Israel.



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