UN Special Rapporeturs on Police violence in the Naqab 4.7.2022
We wish to update you that as a result of NCF’s international advocacy work regarding Police violence during protests in the Naqab in January 2022, the UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance have sent a communication to the State of Israel, requesting observations regarding the international human rights law, relevant to these allegations. Read here
Together with the OHCHR, we organized a roundtable meeting on shrinking civic space and the role of civil society and the UN human rights mechanisms in Israel. Present were SR and their mandates, Israeli civil society organizations as well as those that represent refugees and asylum seekers in Israel
Digital Literacy for Bedouin women
NCF’s participants of the Digital Orientation project went on a tour in Jaffa last week, during which they met and received a lecture by activist Lisa Hanania on her social and political activities, and her experience in the Tel Aviv Jaffa municipal elections. Congratulations to them for their outstanding work.
The Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions published an article about Displacements and demolitions in the Naqab, including contributions provided by NCF’s research department. You are welcome to read it here
An agreement recently signed between a well-known Israeli solar energy company, and one of the Bedouin families in the Negev, offers a solution to the problem of land ownership claims in the unrecognized villages. Merom Energy is planning a solar energy project in the Negev on 150 dunams of private land owned by the Anami family. Its purpose is to provide electricity to the area around the city of Beersheba, where many of the Bedouin villages without infrastructure, are located. Read more here
Update on detention of Mariam Abu Kwider
Following up the arrest of Bedouin student and human rights defender Mariam Abu Kwider on Thursday 12.5.2022, we want to update you that Mariam is still detained with home arrest, the Court has been extending her detention since she was charged with incitement. She is not allowed to use her phone and computer. Her detention is hindering her ability to continue with her studies at University. It is important to notice that the Human Rights Defenders Fund will not continue funding her legal representation.
On 12.5.2022 several policemen in civilian clothes arrested the student of Pharmacy, after a demonstration in memory of journalist Sheerin Abu Aqla, held at Ben Gurion University that same day. She has been detained from that day until the hearing that will be held on Thursday 19th of May in the Magistrate’s Court. You are welcome to see here a video of the events filmed by her classmates and attached you will find a communication detailing the development of the events as well as today’s Protocol of the Beer Sheva District Court.