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No longer able to graze freely, most Bedouin livestock in the Negev is penned in, severly impacting the ability of Bedouin families to herd sheep. Though some open grazing permits are still available, most families have sold their herds, others have reduced their numbers of sheep to a mere handful, so they can be kept within their villages. And black goats, the hair of which is used to weave Bedouin tents, have been banned by the Israeli government, ostensibly because they are more destructive to the desert ecology than sheep are - though some Bedouin believe the government wanted to cut their supply of black wool, so they could no longer make their traditional tents.