If you are unsure of the differences between a “recognized” village and an “unrecognized” village, if you have never visited a Bedouin township in the Negev/Naqab, and if you wish to learn about the long-time struggle of the Bedouin community for recognition and the respect of their human rights from the community members and the villagers themselves- come join us.
The Negev Coexistence Forum conducts dozens of tours every year – for groups and individuals. The basic tour takes 4-5 hours, and costs NIS 500 for the group to cover costs (not including transportation).
We will review your questions, visit the villages, and expose you to the government’s policy towards the Bedouin community in the Negev/Naqab – the policy of demolishing houses, preventing government services and basic infrastructure, such as access to running water or electricity.
During the tour we will present the historical and political processes that shaped the Negev/Naqab as we know it today, and we will visit two types of settlements that were created as a result of these processes: an unrecognized Bedouin village and a planned Bedouin township. We will meet with residents from various communities and hear from them about the reality of their lives in the area.
In order to facilitate the process of determining the tour, please fill in the form below and our tour coordinator will contact you as soon as possible.
Civil Rights, Policy and the Distribution of Resources Tours
The purpose of the tour is to expose our visitors to the social, historical and political reality of life in the Negev/Naqab.
We would like to explain the historical development of the government’s policy toward the Arab-Bedouin residents, and its various implications.
We will expose visitors to the effects of that policy on the way in which the Arab-Bedouin population of the Negev/Naqab is living and the social status of the Bedouin society.
We will hear from representatives of the Arab-Bedouin population in the Negev/Naqab on how the government’s policy is reflected in their everyday lives.
We will propose some ideas that can help shape a different future for the Negev/Naqab.
Women’s Rights and the Status of Women in the Bedouin Society Tour
The purpose of the tour is to expose visitors to the social, historical and political reality of life in the Negev/Naqab, with an emphasis on the issue of women and their status, and to create a support network for Arab-Bedouin women from the Negev/Naqab who seeks to better their lives.
We will attempt to explain the historical formation of the government’s policy towards Arab-Bedouin women, its various implications, and expose visitors to the effects of that policy on the way in which the Bedouin population in the Negev/Naqab lives, as well as the social and cultural status of Arab-Bedouin women.
We will visit Arab-Bedouin women and hear how this policy is reflected in their daily lives.
We will provide data on education and employment of Arab-Bedouin women in the Negev/Naqab.
We will propose a horizon for changing the existing situation.
To coordinate tours of journalists and public figures, contact Yves at 050-9391299 or email [email protected]
What does it mean ‘an unrecognized village’? Why do the Bedouin villages look the way they do? is there really a land theft? are they really nomads? why do the residents resist their uprooting? how did the Bedouin get to the Negev?
In the tours we shall answer all of those questions, and more! NCF offers alternative Naqab tours, wishing to allow the visitors an in-depth understanding of the state’s policies towards the Arab Bedouin residents in related to resource allocation, state services and infrastructure. We will learn about the violation of the Bedouin’s human rights, the challenges they face as a community today and about their rich culture and history in the region.
In the course of the tour we will explain the historical and political processes that have shaped the Negev and visit two types of settlement that have evolved as the result of these processes: an unrecognized Bedouin village and a government planned Bedouin township. We will meet with the residents and hear about their daily lives.
Participants of our tours include Members of Knesset, foreign diplomats, journalists, religious groups, local and international students and professors, and many other stakeholders. A typical tour lasts 4-5 hours, and we charge 500 NIS for a group (bus not included). In order to facilitate your tour, please fill out the form below, and NCF’s tour coordinator will return to you shortly.
For journalists and public servants: please contact Arnon directly – 050-9391299, [email protected].