Advancing the Rights of Arab Bedouins in the Negev/Naqab
A joint project of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality and Adalah| Funded by the European Union
This two-year joint EU-funded project led by Adalah and the Negev Coexistence Forum (NCF) began on 1 October 2018 and will run through 30 September 2020. The project aims to advance the human rights of 240,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Negev/Naqab, both in unrecognized and recognized villages and towns.
The Bedouin citizens in the Negev/Naqab are the most marginalized sub-group of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel. They face institutionalized discrimination by the state, including the denial or neglect of basic socio-economic services, and severe violations of their land and housing rights through home demolitions and land confiscations.
Through a combination of legal action, international advocacy and media outreach, community participation, and documentation and publications, Adalah and NCF are working to protect Bedouin communities at risk of forced displacement and to improve their living conditions, including securing access to schools, health clinics, water, public transportation, and more.
Petition to Supreme Court: NCF, together with Adalah and other partners filed a petition demanding to connect Bedouin students in Naqab to distance-learning system as all schools have been closed due to the coronavirus crisis. | Submitted April 2020 | Petition
Letter to Israel’s Water Authority: NCF, together with Adalah and other partners, sent a letter to Israel’s Water Authority challenging a discriminatory practice in which the Authority automatically charges Bedouins higher rates – treating them as if they are wasting water – than any other citizens, when they actually have most limited access to water. | Submitted December 2020 |
Joint Webinar with the RCUV and the Arab Medical Association in the Negev, on the Embassy representatives and International Organizations on: The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Human Rights of Bedouin Citizens of Israel Living in the Negev/Naqab, 6 May 2020.
In honor of International Women’s Day, the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality screened the films of Arab Bedouin women from unrecognized villages in the Negev/Naqab at the Cinematheque in Jerusalem, as part of its “recognized” project.
One of the films is by Maryam from the unrecognized village of Tal ʿArād, which tells the story of many Arab Bedouin women who are unable to find work in and out of their villages. Instead of giving up, Maryam decides to build with a farm that will produce enough to feed her family and the rest she sells at the market. In her farm she produces vegetables, fruit, olive oil, soaps and many other goods. Her film is a testament to her resilience and her ability to generate work in an unrecognized village that has no public transportation, no schools, no running water and no electricity. However, Maryam is always optimistic and sums up the film by saying: “It is better than doing nothing”. Maryam participates in the EU documentation workshops.
Documentation Workshops: Working with Arab Bedouin women from unrecognized villages to document human rights violations in their communities through videos and photo stills. On July 15, 2020 a webinar on Covid-19 was held with a group of Arab Bedouin women photographers from unrecognized villages to enable information about the disease, health practices and ways of coping. The virtual meeting was facilitated by Dr. Hadil Alsana.
Short Video Workshops: Training Arab Bedouin women to communicate with the general public in Israel and abroad through short films.
Exhibitions: New exhibition at the Multaka-Mifgash Cultural Center of portraits of the Bedouin women. Two documentary videos of 4 Bedouin women were featured at the “Forced from Home” photo exhibition that took place in Photoville Festival in New York, September 2019.
This project is a joint project with Adalah, produced with the financial support of the European Union. It’s contents are the sole responsibility of NCF and Adalah and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union