We planned to send you a holiday greeting card, writing you about our hard work for the Negev-Naqab Bedouin communities. Then we got word from the Be’er Sheva Municipality demanding we clear out from the bomb shelter home of Multaqa-Mifgash, our Jewish-Arab cultural center. After months of threats and censorship attempts , the Municipality gave in to the right-wing groups claiming our events are anti-Israeli provocations. We need your support today, more than ever, as we intend to continue fighting for Arab-Jewish partnership and against the silencing attempts.
But other than that… In the past 12 months:
800 individuals joined our Alternative Naqab Tours || More than 10,000 people visited Yusawriruna Bedouin Women photography exhibitions || 150,000 people watched our video showcasing the tragic January events in Umm al-Hiran || Our team supported struggles of residents in over 20+ Bedouin villages, joining and co-organizing over 100 vigils and demonstrations || Almost 80 Bedouin residents photographed and videotaped their abuse of rights following our training || We briefed more than 50 members of Knesset, local government and diplomats about the harsh reality and political developments affecting the Bedouin communities || More than 1500 Jews and Arabs join our events, courses and meetings at the Jewish- Arab cultural center Multaqa-Mifgash || We worked with journalists and connected them to community members || We published 2 research reports and submitted one to the UN Human Rights Council.
and yet…2017 has not been easy for the Bedouin communities.
hundreds of houses were demolished, villages faced threats of dispossession and more than 100,000 residents did not have proper access to water, electricity nor social services. Though facing threats itself, the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality worked relentlessly alongside the resident to protect their rights and make sure their voices are heard.
In 2018, help us stand stronger for a just Negev-Naqab.