During my time in Iceland I met a man from Israel and we chatted a bit. Since recently traveling there I was able to share what I knew about it and my growing fascination with the Middle East and its many layers of conflict and it's people.
I mentioned I had visited a small town in the middle of nowhere named Ezuz. He was a little surprised. Ezuz is a small community settlement in the Negev desert. Named for Nahal Ezuz, a dry riverbed, it is located south of Nitzana. Ezuz is under the jurisdiction of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 73.
Ezuz was established in 1985 on the site of a kibbutz outpost abandoned after the Six-Day War. The major sources of income are traditional agriculture, tourism and art.
Ezuz is the site of a traditionally inspired farm project which uses ancient Nabataean floodwater capture techniques to raise a variety of fruits and vegetables with minimal external irrigation and no artificial fertilisation or pesticide. Residents of the village also raise livestock for local use, and produce goat cheese and organic olive oil.
Tourism is an upcoming source of income. Most families provide bed and breakfast, there is a cafe, possibilities of (guided) camel or jeep tours and a hiking and biking route.
While I was there I was able to learn of an amazing musical group as they practiced. I learned of Playing for Change and was able to practice my French with the family I stayed with.
Here are some images from my time in Ezuz, Israel.