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International Update | September 5, 2015

Umm al-Hiran Under Serious Threat: Works to Establish Hiran have Started

Last Sunday, heavy machinery started work very near the homes of the villagers of Umm al-Hiran. The work is to lay the foundations for a road to the new Jewish town of Hiran, planned on the lands of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.

Despite the fact that demolition and eviction orders against the village are still unresolved by the courts, Israeli authorities are already changing the situation on the ground.

>> Read more about Umm al-Hiran on NCF’s Villages Project

The residents of Umm al-Hiran are willing to become part of Hiran or have a new neighboring town, but the master plan for the Jewish settlement Hiran, is planned in precisely the same location as Bedouin village, Umm al-Hiran.

Last week the residents of Umm al-Hiran organized a protest in front of the bulldozers, where about 150 participants, including Knesset Members of The Joint List, demanded an end to the plan to demolish Umm al-Hiran.

If you are in the region – we invite you to visit the village of Umm al-Hiran (contact Kessem at: kessem@dukium.org)


84% Raised: Join us to make the upcoming photography workshop a reality


The children of Umm al-Hiran during NCF’s photography workshop (photo: Udi Goren)

Every year, NCF holds a ten-day photography workshops in two Bedouin unrecognized villages in the Negev-Naqab. During these workshops, children and youth learn how to use a camera and learn how to document life in their village. The whole workshop is guided by professional photographers working in a voluntary capacity. The Bedouin children are thus exposed to the world of photography. The amazing outcomes of the photography workshops – displayed in exhibitions throughout the world – allow the viewer to grasp and understand the Negev-Naqab and the persistent struggle of the Bedouin community, from the perspective of the children living there. At the end of the workshops, the children keep the cameras and continue to document their lives and apply the knowledge they gained.

In order to arrange the upcoming workshops, we need your help and support. Without your support, we will not be able to run the workshops!

How can you help? Visit our crowdfunding project, choose a gift – calendars in a variety of sizes, bags, postcards and pictures in different sizes taken by the children during previous workshops – and click “support”!

We thank you in advance for your generous support and ask that you help us spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues. With your help, we can meet our target and the winter workshops planned can become a reality!

Direct link to the crowdfunding project: http://www.headstart.co.il/project.aspx?id=16325&lan=en-US

For further info and questions please contact Michal: michal@dukium.org



27-07-23 - Abu Tlūl aš-Šahbī is a village south of Route 25 that was established during the Ottoman period. Four houses were demolished by the authorities this morning

19-07-23 - Bīr Haddāj is a Bedouin village located west of Route 40, close to Kibbutz Revivim. Two houses were demolished by the authorities this morning

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