All-Bedouin Tech Company Hints at Shift in Israel

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By Isabel Kershner.. ABU QREINAT, Israel — A resident of a ramshackle sprawl of shacks and houses in the Negev Desert, Rabaa Al-Hawashleh is an unlikely worker in Israel’s high-tech industry. Her mother is illiterate, and her father drives a truck. The Bedouin village in which she lives does not have enough electricity at night to power the laptop she brings home from the office; work must stop once the battery runs out. In a conservative society that frowns on female drivers, she said, she does not have a license. But every workday, Ms. Hawashleh, 24, takes two buses for a 90-minute journey to her job, providing quality control for software programs at Sadel Tech, an all-Bedouin company that offers expertise in Internet and mobile technologies. Israel, with a population of about eight million, has long been a global leader in high technology. But the country’s Palestinian Arab minority, which makes up about a fifth of the population and includes the Bedouins of the arid south, one of the poorest and most neglected sectors of Israeli society, has been largely left out. Read the full story here.



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