There is an old Bedouin story which I heard in El Arish towards the end of World War II. "In the beginning Allah created man. But the Lord saw that something was missing so while man was asleep, the Lord took one of his ribs and from it He fashioned woman. And the Lord saw that somethning was still missing so He bent down and took a handful of sand and from that sand he created the camel. But the Lord saw that something was still missing so, once again, the Lord bent down but this time He took a handful of camel dung and from this handful he created the fellah". I suspect that the Bedu have the same regard to the townsfolk of El Arish, Rafah and Gaza as they did towards the peasants but they were too polite to tell me.
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from the article: The pharaohs versus the Bedouin