The Mideast's forgotten people,
October 24, 2000 1:10 PM   Subscribe

The Mideast's forgotten people, Bedouins cling to ancient tradition - and Israel's bottom rung. With strong historical ties to the land that go back 2,500 years, they feel left out of the who-gets-what debate in the Holy Land.
posted by jhiggy (4 comments total)
Forgotten by the MeFi community too it seems...

I would think that 2,500 years of tradition is also a underestimate. Nomads have been part that land from prehistoric times.
posted by lagado at 3:04 AM on October 25, 2000

Nomads have been part that land from prehistoric times.

Including the Hebrews/Israelites/Jews who lived in the area 3000 or more years ago...
posted by daveadams at 8:12 AM on October 25, 2000

Of course. the Israelites started out as nomads.

Your point being?
posted by lagado at 4:02 PM on October 25, 2000

No point, really, other than one of the groups now fighting over Israel/Palestine has been there longer than the Bedouins who were mentioned in the original post.
posted by daveadams at 8:02 AM on October 26, 2000

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