Pilgrims attend a Catholic Mass held among the ruins of a church in Shivta, one of the most prosperous Negev settlements during the Byzantine era, over 1,600 years ago. Ariel David

How Arabs made Palestine’s desert bloom more than 1,500 years ago

Israelis like to boast about their success in developing the Naqab Desert (Negev), but under the Byzantine empire, Christian Arabs were the first to turn the desert into a garden.

(The following is only excerpt from Haaretz article April 30. See full article here)




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