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Where Do You Park a Camel?

The Josepthal Hospital here, one of Israel’s most modern and best equipped medical institutions, boasts a large parking lot and a helicopter landing pad but lacks facilities for the mode of transportation used by its many Bedouin patients -camels and donkeys. The hospital, the southernmost in Israel, treats Bedouins from the desert reaches of the deep Negev who travel on four legs instead of four wheels. An ill, elderly Bedouin arrived at the admissions building the other day on camel back. But there was no place to "park" his beast and no one to water and feed it. The hospital authorities are seriously considering building a "dock" for the "ship of the desert." (By Yitzshak Shargil)