On Thursday, August 30 2018, we hosted 17 Diplomats from 13 Delegations from around the world on a tour of the Bedouin townships and villages in the Negev-Naqab. We visited the village of Abu Tlūl aš-Šahbī, which despite the fact it has been recognized by the State for over a decade, has remained with almost the same problems. Then, we traveled to the unrecognized village of az-Zarnūg and talked at length about the violent house demolition policy of the State against its own citizens, and touched on the devastating implications this violent policy has.
Afterwards, the group had a traditional lunch hosted by the Zenab Art Gallery. Zenab told us of her journey as a Bedouin women and how she became an academic, an artist and a business woman.
NCF would like to thank all of the Delegates for coming to learn and see for themselves the situation on the ground in hopes that they can bring the communities plea to their governments in hope to achieve equal rights and justice to all the residents of the Negev-Naqab, Arabs and Jews alike.
List of Delegations: Canada, Denmark, EU, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, USA, UK.