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Young Bedouin’s visit to Bay Area shows what this Israeli NGO can do
The Jewish New
Samy Ashwi looks like a typical Israeli millennial. He wears a closely cropped beard, has thick brown eyebrows and wears fitted, European-cut clothes. At an April 30 fundraising event, he mingled comfortably over wine and cheese with fellow Israelis at a sprawling, modern estate in Los Altos Hills.
Out Of The Desert: How Leadership Education Is Helping A Tribal Society Integrate And Develop
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.
For the First Time, Young Bedouin Say: "Don't Vote by Family or Tribe"
In traditional and tribal-based communities like that of the Negev Bedouin, it takes courage to break voting patterns. Today, for the first time during municipal elections, young Bedouin urge friends: "Don't waste your voice, vote your mind."
Spotlight on the South: The People Making the Negev Shine Brighter
Meet the founders of Desert Stars: Muhammad Alnabari, Head of Hura Local Council, and Matan Yaffe, a descendent of Palmach fighters. This is the story of two men—two revolutionaries—who were not supposed to meet. But against all odds, the pair founded the non-profit Desert Stars five years ago.
One Society, One Future
Mako – Good News: Activism & Good Deeds
"We share one society and one future. If life is hard for my neighbors, my life is impacted as well," said Matan Yaffe, founder of the non-profit organization Desert Stars. After he was attacked in the desert, he decided it was time to take action. Since then, he has established a high school, an extended school-day program, a network for program graduates, and soon a youth village in order to develop a young Bedouin leadership. All that, he accomplished in five years.
Bedouin Students Pave the Way for Future Community Leadership
Nurhan and Bisan study at a school for leadership operated by the non-profit organization Desert Stars, located at the Joe Alon Center on Kibbutz Lahav.
The girls' stories are part of the organization's broader efforts to better conditions for the Bedouin community.
Meet the Young Man Who Dreams of Founding the First Bedouin Youth Movement
MyNet Beer Sheva
Diab Alghlban, 22, from Ar'ara BaNegev decided that the time had come to found the first youth movement for the Negev Bedouin. So he joined the Desert Stars program, which trains young leaders like himself. Diab says, "It's better to take action than to wallow in self-pity."
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