Products by Ishmael Khaldi.
Ishmael Khaldi (born 1971) is the first Bedouin diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Born in Khawaled, a village near Haifa. He is the third of eleven children and lived in a Bedouin tent until the age of eight.
He walked four miles round trip to attend school and tended flocks of sheep. He said his family's ties with its Jewish neighbors go back to the days of the early Zionist pioneers from Eastern Europe who settled in the Galilee region in the 1920s.
Khaldi earned a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Haifa and a masters degree in political science and international relations from Tel Aviv University. He served in the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israel Police, and in the Israel Defense Forces as a political analyst.
Khaldi initiated a project called "Hike and Learn with Bedouins in the Galilee" that has brought thousands of young Jews to Khawaled to learn about Bedouin culture and history. He said these encounters inspired him to become a diplomat.
Khaldi began working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2004.