Haaretz, Sep. 2, 2017


“The problem is with those black goats they have,” which don’t trim the grass, but tear it out by the roots, he added. That leaves the earth more vulnerable to erosion.

Blaming the black goats and their ignorant Arab owners for natural disasters echoes Zionist myths that have long been disproven. In April’s issue of the journal “Eretz Vateva,” Yadin Roman discussed the political correlation between the myth of the harmful goat and the authorities’ plans to remove the Bedouin from their lands. He cited Israeli scientists who explained back in 1978 that black goats actually prune vegetation, enabling it to grow better, rather than killing it [....]

In their home in Auja this past Wednesday, brothers Ahmed and Mahmoud Najadeh grinned with astonishment at the stories of good neighborliness and rejected lessons in shepherding. They have almost no goats left, they explained, because goats aren’t as profitable as sheep [....]

Kaabneh shepherds, who have lived in the Auja region since the British Mandate era, had to reduce their grazing grounds and buy expensive fodder instead [....]

Since then, theirs and their relatives' flocks have shrunk, from about 5,000 sheep 20 years ago to less than 1,000 today.