We are pleased to share with you that the residents of the unrecognized village of Khašim Zannih have received the approval for a plan to build temporary portable structures for essential services, and in this case, educational institutions.
Thanks to the active local committee of Khašim Zannih that have led and will continue to lead a struggle for recognition of their village and access to basic services with the help of civil organizations, these buildings were approved.
Until recently there was an intention to evacuate the village and its residents, but the local committee was determined and with a lot of resourcefulness. Together with Sikkuy and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages, an application was submitted for the establishment of a service center, which has now been approved.
We hope that this achievement can be replicated in other villages and will also support the struggle of Khašim Zannih for recognition, and at the same time be an opening for the approval of the establishment of vital service centers in the other unrecognized villages.
This achievement is very important, and demonstrates that through activism, initiative, and organized communities that are connected to the work of grassroots organizations, policies can be changed.
Khašim Zannih, 4.1.2017 | Photo: Salam Abu-Khuti