Tour Israel: Women of the desert

If you’ve had the chance to visit Beduin communities in the Negev recently, such as Tel Sheva, Rahat or surrounding villages, you’re sure to have noticed that tourism is blossoming among these women.

By MEITAL SHARABI
December 28, 2017 16:47
HUSANYA IBN BARI holds up a hand-embroidered garment that she designed and made

HUSANYA IBN BARI holds up a hand-embroidered garment that she designed and made. (photo credit: MEITAL SHARABI)

The many interesting tales and the magical feeling about the desert draws people to that vast open space, away from civilization. A number of Beduin living in the Negev have recognized this craving and now offer trips and adventures to locations where there’s no water and few living things. In these places, they teach visitors creative methods for farming and subsisting.

But not many people know about the unique lives Beduin women lead and the significant role they play in their communities. Traditionally, Beduin women are quiet and modest, but lately they have been speaking up more to discuss their role in society and describing their way of life for the benefit of outsiders. If you’ve had the chance to visit Beduin communities in the Negev recently, such as Tel Sheva, Rahat or surrounding villages, you’re sure to have noticed that tourism is blossoming among these women.

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