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affecting these conservative tribesmen whose ways, until a few years ago, had changed little since the days of Abraham. Superficially, I found them little different from the nomads I had so often visited in Syria and Jordan. On Thursday mornings, Beersheba's Bedouin market becomes a won drous chaos of arguing traders and bawling animals, where women of the tribes still hide behind believe-it-or-not arrangements of coral and dangling coins (page 425). In the swiftly evolving world of Israel, they sometimes cra dle a sleeping child on one arm and sling a Japanese transistor radio from the other. At "campsites" outside the city, where Green Nahalal's Pie-slice Fields Show the Pattern of a Cooperative Each family in this moshav ovdim, a cooper ative of independent smallholders, owns a 25-acre slice and decides its use, in contrast to strict controls of the more rigidly com munal kibbutzim. Members buy supplies and sell their products as a group, however, and help each other in times of trouble. Jew ish settlers established this moshav in 1921, the first of its kind in Israel, in a malarial swamp six miles west of Nazareth. They built their houses in a circle for defense, a practice reminiscent of American frontier stockades. Today Nahalal markets beef, milk, poultry, eggs, fruit, and vegetables. KODACHROMEBY KENNETH MACLEISH, NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF© N.G.S.