NCF believes that meeting the people at the heart of the debate face-to-face is an invaluable experience towards changing the way people think and dispelling myths and prejudices. Thus, in 2006, we opened the Multaqa-Mifgash Centre for Arab-Jewish Understanding in Be’er-Sheva. ‘Multaqa’ and ‘Mifgash’ mean ‘meeting’ in Arabic and Hebrew respectively and is thus reflective of the Centre’s purpose of bringing communities together. It serves as a neutral meeting space for joint Arab-Jewish cultural, educational and political activities that encourage interaction and dialogue among the Jewish and Arab communities in the Negev. Through a variety of activities we provide opportunities for Jews and Arabs to come together in meaningful ways. The Centre is the first of its kind south of Tel-Aviv and today there are no more than three other places like it in Israel.
14 February | Students meeting at BGU about Umm al-Hiran and the unrecognized villages with Raed and Maryam Abu Alqian, residents of the village.
22 March | The women’s body and the medical arena – a lecture by Dr. Adi Moreno for the International Women’s Day.