by Barbara Gingold

Letter from a Bedouin Village

In the Bedouin tents, villages and towns of Israel’s northern Negev, the phrase “my sister” sets the gold standard of relationships. On a sizzling day last June, in an open-air tent in the Bedouin town of Rahat, a most unlikely pair of “sisters”— Amal Elsana Alh’jooj and Vivian Silver — were awarded the Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East, the first time two women shared this prestigious prize.

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