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Challenges and Opportunities for the Negev Bedouin

NORTHAMPTON – Dr. Safa Abu-Rabia will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Israel’s Bedouin community on Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 252 Prospect St.

Current difficulties for the Bedouin include poverty and disputes with the State about the unrecognized status of some of their villages. Some good news includes the growth of young leadership through NGO’s, academia and business; improvements to the status of women; and cooperation with fellow Jewish citizens. Dr. Abu-Rabia will also provide some brief historical background.

Safa Abu-Rabia is a historical anthropologist of culture, gender, and space. Her research focuses on the construction of the historical discourse among Bedouin Arabs in the Negev and the link between identity, space, and gender. Abu-Rabia earned a Ph.D. in Middle East studies from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Safa is currently a visiting doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology.

This event, sponsored by the Adult Education Committee and Israel Committee of CBI is in conjunction with the New Israel Fund. It is free and open to the public.



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