A Peaceful Hike in a Region of Conflict

A visit to the Shikma River in the western Negev offers views of rising waters, flowering fields, billowing sand dunes – and the scars of a history of war.

A flood of brown water, full of debris and soil, rushes through the Shikma River channel. The short distance between the raging river and the bridge above it is startling. Most of the year, the riverbed is completely dry, but on this Saturday, it is coursing with filthy, invigorating power, sweeping away everything it its path.