For several centuries, Bedouin tribes have been living as nomads in the Negev Desert in the south of Israel. In recent times, their now 300,000 members have been making the challenging transition from a nomadic lifestyle to an urban one, while struggling to establish roots in a difficult environment. Their many tribes have no common leadership and are scattered throughout the desert, segregated from each other and from the dominant society they live in. More than half of these Israeli Bedouins are younger than 17 and live in poverty, without access to good education, employment or even electricity. How can these young people feel anything but despair about their future?

Globally, this is a microcosm of the tragedy faced by minorities, who find it nearly

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