Israeli Court Orders Bedouin to Reimburse State for Cost of Demolishing Their Homes, Haaretz, 22 August 2017
“There’s no real reason to claim payment for a unit that is budgeted annually by the state,” said Haya Noah, director of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality. “This is another of the tricks used by the state to wear down and break up worthy civic struggles, like the struggle for the right to a respectable place to live. Instead of pushing the residents to the wall, the state must provide shelter for the villagers and stop the campaign of demolitions and harassment.”
Bedouin Housing Crises in Israel’s South, The Jerusalem Post, 13 July 2017
The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality notes that in 1999 Israel recognized 11 new Beduin villages. “This was allegedly a fundamental change, after years in which the only settlement option for the Beduin community was forced urbanization,” its website states.
Creeping censorship in a southern Israeli town, +972 Magazine, 31 May 2017
NCF CEO Haia Noach explained that the shelter used by Multaqa-Mifgash “is the only one out of 60 assigned to NGOs that is used for shared Jewish-Arab activities… We demand that the municipality immediately step back from canceling the assignment of the shelter [to us], and we intend to fight with every tool we have in order to guarantee Multaqa-Mifgash’s can continue.”
Compromise or conflict, The Jerusalem Report, 6 March 2017
“It is high time that the government devote funds to support education and employment within the Beduin community,” Arnon Peleg, the spokesman for the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, tells The Report. “However, we believe that the ‘illegal housing’ Minister Ariel is referring to is the ongoing state policy of neglect, which can only be solved by recognition of the over 30 unrecognized villages in the Negev. “More enforcement will only hurt the trust between the Beduin community and the state, which is crucial for this new plan to succeed.”
U.S. Human Rights Report Dedicates More Pages to Israel, Palestinians Than Anywhere Else, Haaretz, 3 March 2017
“In January the Supreme Court ruled again that eviction orders issued against residents of the Bedouin unrecognized village Umm al-Hiran, where they had been moved by the Israeli military regime in 1956, were valid. The NCF (Negev Coexistence Forum, an Israeli NGO) reported that construction work on Hiran progressed and expanded during the year, reaching to within a few yards of Bedouin houses in Umm al-Hiran, and residents suffered from the dust raised by construction.
Despicable terrorist? Bedouin village in Israel’s south mourns a beloved teacher, Haaretz, 26 January 2017
We’re accompanied in Umm al-Hiran by activist Haya Noah, who has been assisting the Negev Bedouin devotedly in their struggles for many years. Everyone in the village is from the Kiyan family. Salim, whose pink living room we visited last time we were here – his home hasn’t yet been demolished – is overwrought. “What happened here is a war,” he says. “They came to kill. They wanted our children to wake up to the sound of shooting. After we paid with [the life of] Yakub, we have nothing left to lose. Our situation is no better situation than Yakub’s. This is a time in which we are lost.”
PHOTOS: This is what it looks like when your village is demolished, +972 Magazine, 23 January 2017
The photographs were taken as part of the Yuṣawiruna Project, which the Negev Coexistence Forum has been running in unrecognized Bedouin villages for the last few years. The project involves groups of women in each village documenting their daily lives, including human rights violations. The women study together, learning about human rights and photography.
Tensions ran high after an incident that left a Bedouin man and a police officer dead, i24 News, 18 January 2017
Haia Noach, director of the Negev Coexistence Forum and one of the organizers of the event, told i24news that the protest came in response to clashes earlier in the day, which left an Israeli police officer and an Arab Bedouin man dead. Among others, a member of Israel’s parliament, Joint List’s Ayman Odeh, was injured.
Protesters call for independent probe into Umm al-Hiran deaths, The Jerusalem Post, 18 January 2017
Incensed both by the court-ordered demolitions of the illegally built homes, as well as by the police’s version of events which was swiftly adopted by the media, demonstrators assembled under the heading “Emergency protest: Stop killing civilians, stop demolishing homes, stop the demolition of Umm al-Hiran.”
The demonstrations were organized by peace and civil rights groups including Standing Together, the Negev Coexistence and Civil Equality Forum, the Coalition of Women for Peace and the Recognition Forum, alongside the Joint List, Meretz and Hadash.
Policeman, driver killed in clash after Israelis move to raze Bedouin village, The Washington Post, 18 January 2017
According to a 2016 report by the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, 1,041 structures in Bedouin villages were demolished between 2013 and 2015. A further 1,711 structures were destroyed by their owners after receiving demolition orders.
“The house demolition policy is a complicated policy based on various laws and operated by several authorities,” the report concluded. “The enforcement authorities use many tools: eviction and demolition orders, severe penalties, imposition of costs and civil lawsuits, short time frameworks and high legal costs, making the struggle against the house demolition policy a struggle in which the authorities gain more and more power over time against Bedouin citizens.”