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Negev Desert

Israel's Desert Rose

Shahar Azani | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Shahar Azani

Seated on a small bench, by a wooden recycled table, we relished the local food: cheese pies, salads, locally baked goods and more, enjoying what was not only good food, but also nourishing and healthy. Yet, this place was much more than just a restaurant.

Beersheba -- Where Abraham Swore an Oath: Near Israel's Fraught Border With Gaza on the Looney Front, Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Today, Beersheba is a modern university town of some 200,000 people, at 25 miles from the Gaza strip further than either Sderot or Netivot, though still within range of incoming grad rockets that have at times pummelled the city.

Trending Ruin: Just in Time for CBS' The Dovekeepers, My Mother and I Visit Masada

David Munk | Posted 05.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Munk

For those of you who may have forgotten the O'Toole film or missed the last week's documentary, Masada is an ancient fortress located between the Dead Sea and the Judean desert. Though that sounds a bit academic, there is nothing at all dry or boring about Masada. Herod's temple is breathtaking in scope and scale.

Israel's Bedouin Schools Thrive in Negev Desert

Anav Silverman | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

In the sandy dunes of the northern Negev desert between Arad and Be'er Sheva, 130 students who belong to a local Bedouin tribe, study at the Al-Sayed Technological School. The students come from a weak socio-economic background and a great number of students suffer from learning disabilities as a result of inter-family marriages.

Five Reasons to Walk the Holy Land

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

Most of them step on and off tour buses and squeeze in and out of large hotels. Here are five journeys that get you off the beaten tarmac and experience the Holy Land on foot.

A Poster Child for Love in the Middle East

Brenda Keesal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Brenda Keesal

As the trauma in Israel/Palestine rages on, I try to keep my focus on growing peace between people, far from politics, wherever I see the light. Meet my friend Tali. Her life story is more stunning than most, but it is what she does with her experience, that makes her a poster child for love.

Israel Gets Its Very Own Burning Man Festival

AP | ODED BALILTY | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts

NEGEV DESERT, Israel (AP) — For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel's Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had l...

Desolated Decadence: The Planet's Top Desert Retreats | Posted 04.16.2014 | Travel

Tired of overcrowded beach holidays and of the hustle and bustle of urban escapes? To really get away from it all, it might be time to journey into the earth's most formidable deserts.

How to Begin After Prawer-Begin

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it's time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

The Desert of Israeli Democracy

Max Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Max Blumenthal

While the prime minister ranted against Iran in New York, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel from their ancestral Negev Desert communities.

The "Other Israel Film Festival" Tackles Complex Issues

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Currently in its sixth year, the Other Israel Film Festival has been combining documentary and narrative films with panel, programs, theater, and art. The objective is to create a thought provoking conversation about the challenges faced by minority groups in Israel.

PHOTOS: The Rabbi's Daughter Goes To Israel

Jenny Block | Posted 06.23.2012 | Travel
Jenny Block

Despite being a rabbi's daughter, I had never been to Israel before -- unless you count the fact that I was conceived on an Israeli kibbutz 40+ years ago.

Eyewitness Account of the destruction of al-Araqib

Joseph Dana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Dana

In the early hours of 10 August, Israeli forces destroyed -- for the third time -- the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the northern Negev desert. Here is my first hand account of that systematic demolition.

Netanyahu Cancels Trip To Washington For Obama's Nuclear Summit

AP | Mark Lavie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP)-- Israel's Prime Minister called off his trip to Washington next week to attend a conference on the spread of nuclear weapons, official...