Bedouins Forced to Destroy their own Homes in the Negev, The Jerusalem Post, 2 July 2019
A new report published in July by the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, based on data from the Southern Administration, reveals a complex system of mechanisms employed by the government and its branches to force Bedouin citizens to demolish their homes and to evacuate into planned towns.
Bedouin Women Capture Their Village’s Final Moments Before It’s Demolished by Israel, Ha’aretz, 1 April 2019
A recently published book, “Umm al-Ḥīrān – Moments of Farewell to the Village,” features a collection of snapshots taken by women who live in the village that they will soon have to leave forever. In April 2018, after a protracted battle, the residents had no alternative and were forced to sign the agreement to evacuate and move to nearby Hura.
Demolition highway: Israel plans to force Bedouin from homes, AlJazeera, 27 January, 2019
As many as 1,000 Bedouin Palestinian families are threatened with forced displacement by the Israeli government under plans for a major new highway in the Naqab (Negev) region.
The route of the new section of Road 6 already entails the forcible relocation of some 100 Bedouin families. In December 2018, however, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel declared he intended to takeadvantage of the situation to expel a further 900 families.
Uptick in number of Bedouin structures demolished in Israel last year, Palestine News Network, 25 March, 2018
Haya Noah, director of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, told the paper that “the threats and pressure have their effect. They’ve [Israeli authorities] developed a mechanism of intimidation that makes in unnecessary to file suits afterward”.
Judge Likens Coexistence Group in Be’er Sheva to Infamous Kahane March in Umm al-Fahm, Ha’aretz, 24 March, 2018
The Negev Coexistence Forum said: “The shelter never changed its character or the nature of its activity since it opened in 2006. It was meant to serve as a center for cultural activity that interests the Jewish and Arab residents of the city and to serve as a site for open discussion. We intend to keep fighting in every legal forum for the continuation of our activity, which we believe does not deviate in the slightest from the bounds of freedom of expression.”
Israel Destroys the Homes and History of Palestine’s Indigenous Bedouin, MintPress News, 2 March, 2018
According to a report prepared by Negev Coexistence Forum For Civil Equality and submitted to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the 11,000 Bedouin that remained in the Naqab were moved in the 1950s and 1960s from their ancestral lands into a restricted zone called the siyag (closure), in the northeastern Naqab, which makes up only 10 percent of the Bedouin’s land prior to 1948 and is known to be less fertile.
Beer Sheva Seeks to Evict Negev Coexistence Forum from Its Center, The Communist Party of Israel, 12 January, 2018
The city of Beer Sheva is attempting to evict the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality from its municipality-provided community center, “Multaka-Mifgash” (Encounter) following a concerted effort by far-right extremists. This is the only place where Jews and Arabs can meet in the southern city to work together to promote equality and understanding.
In Be’er Sheva, coexistence is ‘political,’ and can get you evicted, Ha’aretz, 8 January, 2018
The city of Be’er Sheva is trying to evict the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, the only place where Jews and Arabs can meet to work together and promote equality and understanding, following a concerted effort by far-right extremists.
Be’er Sheva Orders NGO to Vacate Bomb Shelter After Hosting Israeli Arms Industry Discussion, Ha’aretz, 25 December, 2017
The Beer Sheva municipality has ordered a nongovernmental organization to vacate a municipal bomb shelter in the next two weeks because it objects to events held there by the group, the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality.
Editorial: ‘Extremists on Both Sides’, Ha’aretz, 10 November, 2017
Beer Sheva mayor Ruvik Danilovich has threatened the human rights group Negev Coexistence Forum, which is planning to hold a public debate about Israels military industry and its global sales. The Forum intends to use a municipal facility, and the mayor threatened to prevent this from happening.
Knesset Holds Day of the Negev Dedicated to Issues in Bedouin Society, IATask Force, 2 November, 2017
The Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality discussed a special report submitted by the Negev Coexistence Forum outlining barriers to the integration of Bedouin women in the labor market, noting that their employment rate of 24% today has only gone up 1% since 2012, yet remain key to lifiting families out of poverty.
Bedouin women ‘misled’ into embroidering gown for NYFW, Al Jazeera, 13 September, 2017
But according to Haia Noach, director of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, an Israeli NGO, the movement’s objectives are to build Jewish communities on top of existing Bedouin villages.
“The OR Movement categorically does not work for the promotion of coexistence in the Negev … It is an organisation that consistently works for the promotion of Jewish settlement in the Negev and the Galilee and expansion of the Jewish population in these areas,” Noach said.
Israeli Court Orders Bedouin to Reimburse State for Cost of Demolishing Their Homes, Haaretz, 22 August 2017
“There’s no real reason to claim payment for a unit that is budgeted annually by the state,” said Haya Noah, director of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality. “This is another of the tricks used by the state to wear down and break up worthy civic struggles, like the struggle for the right to a respectable place to live. Instead of pushing the residents to the wall, the state must provide shelter for the villagers and stop the campaign of demolitions and harassment.”
Bedouin Housing Crises in Israel’s South, The Jerusalem Post, 13 July 2017
The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality notes that in 1999 Israel recognized 11 new Beduin villages. “This was allegedly a fundamental change, after years in which the only settlement option for the Beduin community was forced urbanization,” its website states.
Creeping censorship in a southern Israeli town, +972 Magazine, 31 May 2017
NCF CEO Haia Noach explained that the shelter used by Multaqa-Mifgash “is the only one out of 60 assigned to NGOs that is used for shared Jewish-Arab activities… We demand that the municipality immediately step back from canceling the assignment of the shelter [to us], and we intend to fight with every tool we have in order to guarantee Multaqa-Mifgash’s can continue.”
Compromise or conflict, The Jerusalem Report, 6 March 2017
“It is high time that the government devote funds to support education and employment within the Beduin community,” Arnon Peleg, the spokesman for the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, tells The Report. “However, we believe that the ‘illegal housing’ Minister Ariel is referring to is the ongoing state policy of neglect, which can only be solved by recognition of the over 30 unrecognized villages in the Negev. “More enforcement will only hurt the trust between the Beduin community and the state, which is crucial for this new plan to succeed.”
U.S. Human Rights Report Dedicates More Pages to Israel, Palestinians Than Anywhere Else, Haaretz, 3 March 2017
“In January the Supreme Court ruled again that eviction orders issued against residents of the Bedouin unrecognized village Umm al-Hiran, where they had been moved by the Israeli military regime in 1956, were valid. The NCF (Negev Coexistence Forum, an Israeli NGO) reported that construction work on Hiran progressed and expanded during the year, reaching to within a few yards of Bedouin houses in Umm al-Hiran, and residents suffered from the dust raised by construction.
Despicable terrorist? Bedouin village in Israel’s south mourns a beloved teacher, Haaretz, 26 January 2017
We’re accompanied in Umm al-Hiran by activist Haya Noah, who has been assisting the Negev Bedouin devotedly in their struggles for many years. Everyone in the village is from the Kiyan family. Salim, whose pink living room we visited last time we were here – his home hasn’t yet been demolished – is overwrought. “What happened here is a war,” he says. “They came to kill. They wanted our children to wake up to the sound of shooting. After we paid with [the life of] Yakub, we have nothing left to lose. Our situation is no better situation than Yakub’s. This is a time in which we are lost.”
PHOTOS: This is what it looks like when your village is demolished, +972 Magazine, 23 January 2017
The photographs were taken as part of the Yuṣawiruna Project, which the Negev Coexistence Forum has been running in unrecognized Bedouin villages for the last few years. The project involves groups of women in each village documenting their daily lives, including human rights violations. The women study together, learning about human rights and photography.
Tensions ran high after an incident that left a Bedouin man and a police officer dead, i24 News, 18 January 2017
Haia Noach, director of the Negev Coexistence Forum and one of the organizers of the event, told i24news that the protest came in response to clashes earlier in the day, which left an Israeli police officer and an Arab Bedouin man dead. Among others, a member of Israel’s parliament, Joint List’s Ayman Odeh, was injured.
Protesters call for independent probe into Umm al-Hiran deaths, The Jerusalem Post, 18 January 2017
Incensed both by the court-ordered demolitions of the illegally built homes, as well as by the police’s version of events which was swiftly adopted by the media, demonstrators assembled under the heading “Emergency protest: Stop killing civilians, stop demolishing homes, stop the demolition of Umm al-Hiran.”
The demonstrations were organized by peace and civil rights groups including Standing Together, the Negev Coexistence and Civil Equality Forum, the Coalition of Women for Peace and the Recognition Forum, alongside the Joint List, Meretz and Hadash.
Policeman, driver killed in clash after Israelis move to raze Bedouin village, The Washington Post, 18 January 2017
According to a 2016 report by the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, 1,041 structures in Bedouin villages were demolished between 2013 and 2015. A further 1,711 structures were destroyed by their owners after receiving demolition orders.
“The house demolition policy is a complicated policy based on various laws and operated by several authorities,” the report concluded. “The enforcement authorities use many tools: eviction and demolition orders, severe penalties, imposition of costs and civil lawsuits, short time frameworks and high legal costs, making the struggle against the house demolition policy a struggle in which the authorities gain more and more power over time against Bedouin citizens.”