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NCF’s annual calendar 4.10.21

Updates from the Naqab
 

 


Dear friends, colleagues and supporters:

NCF’s annual calendar is available for purchase. It includes photographs taken by children from the unrecognized Bedouin villages of Umm al-Ḥīrān, Rakhamah, az-Zaʿarūrah, Ṣwāwīn, Bīr Haddāj, az-Zarnūg, ʿAtīr, Tal ʿArād, and Khašim Zannih. We congratulate our field and photography coordinators, for leading such incredible workshops with the children.

We congratulate and bless all the residents of the Negev/Naqab, with a year of justice, welfare, and equal rights for all. 

 

 
 
Unfortunately, the new Jewish year started out sadly with the passing of former MK Saeed Alkharumi, a Bedouin activist committed to advancing the rights of his community. A humble man who struggled for the recognition of the Bedouin communities, constantly gathering the residents’ plight and needs, until his very last days. We would like to express our thanks to Saeed for all his doing, and send our deepest condolences to his family. We believe that his actions as a Bedouin community member and politician will inspire the youngest members of the community to continue his path for equality.
 
 
International advocacy
As part of our work to raise international awareness on Human Rights issues in the Naqab, we held three tours with diplomats and international organizations in the Naqab during August and September.
 

 

Abu Tlūl aš-Šahbī, 9.9.21 by Elianne Kremer

 
The unrecognized village of Az-Zarnūg, 9.9.21, visiting a location where demolitions took place, by Elianne Kremer

In August, we organized a tour with diplomats from Germany, the United States, and France and visited the unrecognized village of Khašim Zannih, the unrecognized village of az-Zarnūg, and the recognized village of Abu Tlūl aš-Šahbī. 

 
The Unrecognized village of al-Furʿah, 29.9.21, by Odeliya Mattar

By the end of September, we organized together with Adalah and the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, a joint tour for new incoming diplomats and international organizations in the villages of Abu Tlūl aš-Šahbī, az-Zarnūg and al-Furʿah. 

During the tours, participants spoke with the Bedouin residents who shared their needs for housing security, their fear of the constant demolitions, frequent intimidating police visits and the State’s “development” plans that disregard the wellbeing of the residents in their villages.

 
Local advocacy


As part of our advocacy efforts to achieve better education conditions for Bedouin children, we sent a letter to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Communications, and the Knesset, together with RCUV, the Israel Internet Association and the Clinical Legal Education Centre from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, requesting to address the urgent need to find solutions for Internet access for students in Israel as part of an inseparable part of their right to education. To read the full letter in Hebrew please click here

 

The court hearing of the petition to reopen the investigation of Ya’akob Abu-Al-Qi’an’s death during the demolition of the unrecognized village of Umm al-Ḥīrān in 18/1/2017

 
High Court of Justice, 9.9.21, by Odeliya Matter
On Thursday 9.9.21, the High Court of Justice heard a petition by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and NGO Adalah to reopen the prosecution’s probe into the handling of the death of Abu-Al-Qi’an. The petitioners claim that there is a basis to reopen the case and reach different conclusions. The court has not yet issued a ruling.
 
Women’s and children’s photography workshops

 

 
On the right: picture was taken in az-Zaʿarūrah, 31.8.21, anonymous
On the left: picture was taken in Bir Hadaj, 17.8, anonymous
 
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Demolitions

24-11-21 - al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 195 time

03-11-21 - Hura, a Bedouin town established by the State near ​​Khirbet Khura. One building was demolished by the authorities

All Demolitions