Thomson ReutersAugust 28, 2013 06:36
By Noah Browning
ATIR, Israel (Reuters) - Khader Abu al-Kian's dusty village of Atir has never existed on any official map, and now it is disappearing before his eyes.
For decades he and his fellow Arab Bedouins eked out a meager existence in the Negev desert, largely under the Israeli government's radar. But soaring property costs and a housing crisis are driving a new appetite in Israel for land and development opportunities, and even the harsh Negev looks good.