NCF's Update from the Negev-Naqab
Wishing you a year of justice for all
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unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev-Naqab during which, Bedouin
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the eve of the Passover, a holiday that celebrates Freedom, I am
writing you this letter on behalf of my team with hope and belief that
we shall all be free. We have a whole Hagadah and a long holiday that
is all about Freedom.
freedom is the essence of life, it will be genuine only when all of us
- Arabs and Jews, all citizens and people living here, will
be free and equal .
is difficult to work for a shared society and justice with and for the
Bedouin communities. Sometimes it seems that the subject of the shared
society, as well as the subject of the Arab-Bedouin community, has
been pushed aside from the agenda. This is precisely why our activity
is so important.
these difficult times, in the midst of political persecution to evict
NCF’s cultural center Multaka-Mifgash , located in one of Beer
Sheva's city shelters, the organization's activities are growing and
require resources and volunteers as we try to withstand the pressure of
the holiday in mind, I call upon you to continue supporting our
activities in any way you see fit. We will be happy if you join one of
the tours to the unrecognized villages and meet their people, volunteer
in translating and editing our publications, standing with the
unrecognized villages in vigils and solidarity visits, join the
cultural activities in Multaqa-Mifgash or Arabic language courses.
Let us work together for a more free and equal Negev-Naqab for us all,
Freedom for all,
Haia Noach-Executive Director,
The board and staff
Updates from the Negev/Naqab: NCF's
appeal against eviction order of Multaqa-Mifgash was discussed at the
Be'er Sheva District Court // Government officials threaten to displace
Umm al-Hiran by the end of April
Last Thursday, the
Be'er Sheva District Court discussed the appeal filed by the Association
for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) on behalf of the Negev Coexistence
Forum against the eviction of the Multaqa-Mifgash cultural center
located in a public bomb shelter.
During the hearing it became
clear that Judge Eliyahu Bitan was taking the Beer Sheva Municipality’s
side, making several controversial statements (such as comparing the
activity of the Multaqa-Mifgash to Kahanist activity in Umm al-Fahm). As
the judge sees it, there is no room for joint Arab-Jewish political
activity in municipal property, and this is not a question of freedom of
speech, but rather a narrow legal matter, since in the contract between
us and the municipality it is written that our activity in the shelter
will be "communal activity." It is distressing to see that the court
gives a hand to the limited interpretation of communal activity, as
suggested by the Municipality, without realizing that such an
interpretation could lead to a slippery slope, eventually silencing any
critical activity. It is a shame that the judge does not see the case
from a somewhat broader perspective in light of the recent gradual
detraction of the freedom of speech and public space in Israel. Instead
of promoting notions of dialogue and deliberation, even on controversial
topics, as is customary in democracy, the judge's words are a reward
for all those who seek to create a division between different groups in
society and to silence any opinion that is incongruent with the
The meaning of the judge's remarks is that whenever we want to hold an
event, we will have to consider our actions and censor the activity so
that it will be apolitical and will be in line with the Municipality's
position. Political or censored events will move elsewhere, outside the
Multaqa-Mifgash. Of course, if this is the case, we will have to appeal
to the Supreme Court. Our commitment to freedom of speech is absolute,
and we will do our best to turn the decision in order to keep the
contents of the Multaqa-Mifgash in our hands. We will not agree to the
city's censorship or self-censorship.
For further details on the court hearing click here.
Wednesday (21 March) officials from the Israel Land Administration,
accompanied by police forces, arrived in Umm al-Hiran in order to issue
demolition orders to all village structures.
For a week the residents of Umm al-Hiran witnessed representatives of
police and law enforcement bodies come and go, preparing for house
demolitions and displacement of the village. On Wednesday, their fears
were realized and representatives of the law enforcement authorities
came to the village to issue demolition orders for all houses in the
village. The demolition orders handed out on Wednesday stated that the
evacuation date is flexible and will take place between April 15 and 28.
On January of last year a massive police force raided Umm al-Hiran in
order to demolish structures. Before demolitions began, policemen fired
at a local resident, Ya’akub Abu Alqian, while he was driving his car
away from village, as he did not want to witness the destruction taking
place. As a result of the shooting, Abu Alqian lost control over his
car, which rolled down hill, killing policeman Erez Amedi. Ya’akub
received no medical assistance and was left by the rescue forces to
bleed to death. The police claimed, and keeps claiming, that this was a
terrorist attack, despite the many contradictory findings (among others,
those of the Police Investigation Department). As of now, it is still
unclear whether the policemen who shot will be investigated and whether
the incident will be classified as a terrorist attack by the State
Attorney. More than year after the tragic incidence, the government is
still exerting heavy pressure to evict the residents of Umm al-Hiran.
Despite the tragedy that took place last year and the residents’
opposition, government officials continue to try to forcibly evict the
residents of Umm al-Hiran to Hura and build the Jewish settlement Hiran
on top of the village ruins. While residents of Umm al-Hiran are willing
to be part of the upcoming settlement of Hiran, the one and only
choice the state is offering them is moving to Hura, even though there
are no vacant plots there.
For years, the residents of Umm al-Hiran have been waging a courageous
and inspiring struggle for the right to be equal citizens, the right to
live in a democratic space, the right not to be transparent to their
We call upon all those who oppose racism and segregation to
support the struggle of the residents Umm al-Hiran in their difficult
Thank you for supporting Multaqa-Mifgash
It was inspiring to see that within several days we managed to reach
the fund raising goal we set for the Multaqa-Mifgash, the only
Arab-Jewish cultural center in Be’er-Sheva.
The anti-democratic decision of Be’er-Sheva Municipality brought a wave
of solidarity, and this would not have happened without each and every
one of you. Your dedicated support is highly appreciated.
For now, with the support of Association for Civil Rights in Israel, we
managed to forestall the evacuation order. Our court hearing will take
place on the 22.03.2018, and thanks to you we will stand stronger
against the Be’er-Sheva Municipality. We will make clear that everyone
can voice their opinion in Be’er-Sheva and that the mayor cannot censor
Although we reached our goal, we still have two days left for our funding campaign and together with you we strive to reach wider circles of support.
I urge you to share our campaign on social networks, with friends and
acquaintances, so that we can grow stronger and keep Multaqa-Mifgash out
Thank you for making this campaign work,
Executive Director, Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality
online on NCF's website
NCF's villages project website and start to read and watch photos and
videos from the Bedouin villages in the Negev-Naqab at: dukium.org/maps
out NCF's record of house demolitions in