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Yeela Raanan

Yeela Raanan

Dr. Yeela Raanan works with the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages in the Naqab, and the Department of Public Administration, Sapir College.

I grew up Jewish in the Naqab (Hebraized as Negev). As a child I enjoyed picnics in the Yattir forest, located in the northern Naqab. I asked how it could be that the man-made forest of Yattir is thriving, yet there were no natural forests in the surrounding area. I was told that it was because of the black goats of the Bedouin. They ate all the vegetation, making the land a desert. 

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