Stand up for the only shared Arab-Jewish space in the Negev-Naqab!
Photo by NCF staff members
years of promoting joint Arab-Jewish collaboration and running existing
various activities together, we are forced by the Be'er Sheva
Municipality to leave the space we had called home.
We named this center the “Multaqa”, which means encounter or meeting
point in Arabic, and there throughout the years we have built an
encounter to generate knowledge, ask questions and intercultural
dialogue between Jewish and Arab communities sharing the Naqab-Negev.
Uniquely in the South, the Multaqa was the only place where lectures,
film screenings and critical debates took place, all enabling the local
population to share and broaden their perspectives on our shared and
diverse society. Together we worked towards being a society that engages
in finding common solutions to different obstacles endured mainly by
the Arab Bedouin community.
Sadly, we are at a point where we must say goodbye to the physical
platform of such diverse and rich interactions. We would like to thank
all those who organized and participated in this community during this
last decade and a half.
TODAY WE NEED YOU ONCE MORE!
Knowing that our community is mightier than the four walls, and despite
the challenges, today we are positive that we will continue growing
together down the road. For this reason,
today we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to reopen the Multaka
Help us make a change and win the struggle against censorship and the limitation of civil space!
Best wishes from NCF's staff and board members
Photo: Mrīfeh an-Nabārī, Tal ʿArād, 5.03.2020
On the eve of the upcoming Passover and Ramadan, we would like to wish a
happy and healthy Passover to the celebrants and hope that the holiday
will bring insights and thoughts to an shared society, hoping for a
change of policy towards the Bedouin population of the Negev/Naqab.
Towards the eve of Passover and with the start of Ramadan in about two
weeks, and a fourth round of elections, the reality in the Negev seems
more complex than ever. Amid a global epidemic, and without an elected
government, the human rights situation of the Bedouin Arab residents in
the Negev has become even more vulnerable. Ironically and unfairly, the
number of house demolitions in the Negev in 2020 reached the highest
number historically. This is despite the Attorney General's order to
reduce the demolition orders and the presence of the police in the
Negev, in response to an urgent sent by NCF and other civil society
organizations in a request to stop the demolitions during the pandemic.
The economic crisis has created severe difficulties still unresolved at a
national level, that affected the Bedouin society deeply. This, mainly
due to the denial of infrastructure and basic services on behalf of the
State. Unemployment has raised significantly, and the state of the
education is much more severe for the children of unrecognized villages
compared to the rest of the country due to the lack of internet and
electrical systems, that in addition to shortage in computers have make
remote learning quite impossible. Although the academic year for nearly
142,000 children is lost, the State chooses to focus on repression and
violence instead of responsibly investing on education and resources.
Together with this, we choose to continue to support the fair struggle
of our Arab Bedouin partners and friends for real freedom and a
dignified life for them and their children.
With wishes of health, Haia Noach, Executive Director
BEDOUIN CITIZENS ARRESTED FOR PROTESTING APPROPRIATION OF THEIR
| On February 22nd, a State operation of land
ploughing of 2,800 dunams reached the villages of al-Ġarrah,
Al-Ruʾays and Saʿwah.
Residents of nearby villages and supporters participated in a
demonstration, calling for recognition of their villages, and
requesting the State to stop demolitions and ploughing of lands. 15
Bedouin citizens were arrested including a minor.
continue reading NCF and HRDF report click here
Photos by Ella Gil from Sikkuy, Naqab, 22.2.2021
rights for Bedouin women
Life and Resilience captured by Bedouin women
| We are happy to share with you a
video we produced summarizing the activities developed surrounding the
are pleased to share with you that the residents of the unrecognized
village of Khašim
Zannih have received the approval for a plan to build
temporary portable structures for educational and other
institutions, as a result to the work of Bimkon with the resudents. To
continue reading please click here
Salam Abu-Khuti I Khašim Zannih, 4.1.2017