Who Will Save the Sheikh’s Palace?

Negev Bedouin try to preserve historical structures that hosted Israeli leaders and even Eleanor Roosevelt.

At Rahat’s western entrance, just as the desert stops and before the western-style structures begin, there is a large, open area, home to an ancient well, that only the keen of eye can spot. A barbed wire fence surrounds it, as well as some graffiti, perhaps sprayed by those who don’t know that the 250 year-old well is one of the Negev’s few historic sites. The well belongs to the...