AMA: Meet Israel's First Bedouin-Muslim Diplomat
Ishmael Khaldi grew up in a small, traditional Bedouin a few miles from Haifa. As one of 11...
Ishmael Khaldi grew up in a small, traditional Bedouin a few miles from Haifa. As one of 11 siblings, his childhood was similar to many in his community – without running water or electricity, dependent on income generated from raising sheep and goats. Lacking a school in town, he walked two miles each way to a neighboring community.
As he grew older, his parents encouraged him to attend college, and he took a job at a local kibbutz to save money for his education. Along the way, he began to learn about Israel and decided to join the IDF. From there, his career continued to rise. In fact, Ishmael went from his tiny village to become the first Bedouin member of Israel’s diplomatic corps, a published author, and a sought-after speaker around the world.
We caught up with Ishmael in Boston this spring and learned more about his fascinating story.