On July 17th, Rabbis for Human Rights started work at the summer camps for Bedouin children of the Jahalin tribe living outside of Maale Adumim. We help organize a number of camp programs for these children in different Jahalin encampments in the area in collaboration with nuns from the Comboni Order.
The Jahalin Bedouin represent one of the most vulnerable groups living in the Occupied Territories. The community is plagued by extremely high rates of poverty and unemployment, and they live under the constant threat of home demolition and forced displacement, as the state seeks to expand settlements. Already displaced from their ancestral lands in Tel Arad, they have been forced to mostly abandon their agrarian/herding lifestyle for an urban one.
On-going instability and poverty make it difficult for the community to provide recreational and educational opportunities for its children. That’s why RHR steps in and helps organize camps for these children. The camps give them a chance to grow, develop, and play in a safe and supervised environment alongside mentors from the Bedouin community as well as international volunteers. We are also active in advocacy work, trying to prevent demolitions, while our presence on the ground helps protect the community from the threat of demolition.
RHR volunteer from Notre Dame University shows the kids what he can do…
Older boys playing soccer with Maale Adumim settlement in the background
Sister Aziza of the Comboni Order with the children
These photos are from four locations that are having summer camp for the children of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe this week and next week.
They are: Abu Nawahr A, Abu Nawahr B, (next to Maale Adumim), El Muntar (close to Keidar in the Judean Desert) and Jabal al Jahalin. The first three are happening in partnerhship with the dedicated and kind nuns of the Comboni order, while the camp at Jabal Al Jahalin (next to Azaria) is under the management Ibtisim, a local Bedouin women that works with us. This year we have only 3 volunteers so far and we are in need of more. Two from the University of Notre Dame in the USA and another young Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
Soon we will begin the soccer activity in Anata and Khan al Ackmar, with the help of Suliman, a Bedouin man from Anata.
So far, we had 180 children come for camp at all 4 locations! More photos here
We are still looking for volunteers to work with Jahalin children at summer camp in August. Knowledge of Arabic is especially helpful. If interested, please contact Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at 050 211 0639