Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality
פורום דו-קיום בנגב לשוויון אזרחי
منتدى التعايش السلمي في النقب من أجل المساواة المدنية

Yuṣawiruna – Photographing for Human Rights

Yuṣawiruna – Photographing for Human Rights is a vibrant network of women photographers from the unrecognized villages, documenting and practicing visual storytelling for the protection and preservation of their communities facing dispossession by the state.  

In 2014, NCF and seven unrecognized villages’ committees founded several women groups that are documenting both their lives in the villages and the continual human rights violations perpetrated by the state. The participants receive a personal camera and NCF coordinators conduct monthly photography workshops, as well as discussions about human rights and accessibility to governmental services in the villages. Women present the photographs that they took since the last workshop and accompany each other to take new ones. Through these activities, participants forge connections through their response to a shared experience across all of their villages.

The different groups’ documentation was exhibited in shows all across the country and internationally.

The villages that participate in the project:


Tal ʿArād – East

Tal ʿArād – West

Bīr Haddāj


Wādi an-Naʿam



Umm al-Ḥīrān





08-05-24 - Wādī al-Khālīl, an unrecognized village near Shoket Junction, was entirely demolished. Only one house remains above the ruins, and it has received a demolition order.

01-04-24 - 28.03 – Wādī al-Khālīl is an unrecognized village near Shoket Junction: A house was demolished and its residents were asked to relocate to a different city.

All Demolitions