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Jahalin Bedouin children spruce up the after-school educational center

No Comments 22 January 2015

The following was written by Naama, a volunteer completing her National Service with Rabbis for Human Rights. Part of her responsibilities include supporting Ibtisam, a local Jahalin Bedouin woman, twice a week in her work organizing the after school program for the children in al Jabel (outside of Maale Adumim).  

For a long time Ibtisam has wanted to paint the classroom where she teaches the Jahalin children English and art crafts.  The room was concrete grey and both her and I wanted to make it look nice and joyful for the kids. We first painted the outside and inside white. Next, we painted an unused room  which we plan to use as a second classroom for the smaller children – although we still need to get a few chairs and tables for it. We really need this second classroom since so many children are coming to Ibtisam’s center and they are at varying levels of English.  After we finished painting it all white with the help of  Yehiel (Rabbi Yehiel Greinmann, RHR’s Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) and Ibtisam’s younger brother, we scheduled the last part with the kids for Tuesday right before they were supposed to go back to school from their winter break. When I came with Natanya, whose been volunteering to take me with her car, the girls were so excited to start. We let them choose what they wanted to paint on the wall and we started working. We drew Sponge-Bob, Dora, Tom & Jerry, and a few other drawings they choose from a book.

One day as we were painting together, I asked Ibtisam about the school that the kids go to.  She described it saying, “If you see the children in the morning walking their way to school they would be stooping and frowning, and when they leave school at noon, they are running and cheerful.”  This made me realize how amazing it is then that the kids are coming to Ibtisam to learn after school! There they are, every week,  sitting proudly with their notebooks, gobbling up every word Ibtisam teaches them. Even if they don’t remember everything they learn, their drive to study astonishes me.

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NOTE: On request of the families, the children were only photographer from the back.

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TONIGHT: Torchlight procession in Rahat for Bedouins killed by police

No Comments 20 January 2015

The Bedouin Recognition Forum, including RHR, will participate this evening (January 20th 2015) in a torchlight procession in Rahat at 16:00 between the homes of the two residents killed by the police over the last week. Continue Reading

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El Arakib destroyed for the 80th time in the middle of mediation between parties

No Comments 15 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 14 2015

The Negev Coexistence Forum reports that Israeli forces entered the village of Al Arakib this morning and destroyed all present structures for the 80th time in recent years. This demolition was carried out despite the fact that a mediation process between the state and the residents of Al Arakib has been on-going for a month under the Deputy Chief Magistrate of Beersheva. Continue Reading

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On Mountains, Caves and Empowerment: Hanukah Thoughts 5775

No Comments 16 December 2014

Hanukah Thoughts 5775

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WATCH: The Flourishing North vs the Furious South- Israel’s Bedouin Policy

No Comments 13 November 2014

The Bedouin in Israel’s North live in flourishing villages, which were recognized by Israel in the 90′s. These citizens feel apart of Israel, and have had many accomplishments economically, educationally and socially.

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Update from Wadi Naam: Systematic Brutality and Oppression of the Bedouin

No Comments 30 October 2014

Below please find an update about the on-going situation in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Wadi Naam, where five residents were arrested two weeks ago and continue to be held by the authorities.

PLEASE NOTE: Because Rabbis for Human Rights was not present, we can neither confirm nor deny the claim that there was no provocation of the Israeli authorities by the Bedouin. Continue Reading

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El-Arakib in immediate danger- Call for activists in the coming days

No Comments 06 October 2014

El Arakib is once again being threatened with demolitions, this time during the Muslim holiday of Id el Adkha. Continue Reading

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Is Hope Defensible? Rosh Hashana thoughts 5775 by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

1 Comment 23 September 2014

Is Hope Defensible?
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NGOs call on world leaders to stop forced transfer of Palestinian Bedouins

No Comments 16 September 2014

RHR supports this campaign against the forced removal of Palestinian Bedouins from their homes, and  is extremely concerned about the threat to transfer Bedouin to locations in the Jordan valley against their will.    We are not signed on this letter, because, as a human rights organization, we do not take a position one way or the other on any specific final status solution, including the two state solution.

 

 

A Jahalin Bedouin man stands next to the rubble of son's home, demolished by the state, in the Occupied Territories.

A Jahalin Bedouin man stands next to the rubble of son’s home, demolished by the state, in the Occupied Territories.

44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.

The organizations stressed that the international community must take all possible measures to ensure that individual and mass forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, does not take place. The organizations said world leaders should immediately press Israel to cancel all transfer plans and allow Palestinians to remain in and develop their communities, warning that the transfer of Palestinian Bedouins from their current locations would free up land for Israeli settlement expansion in a way that could render the two-state solution unachievable.

The call comes as the Israeli government publicized this week six plans to move Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities around Jericho, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. The plans include moving Bedouins out of the politically sensitive area referred to as the Jerusalem Periphery or “E1,” where Israel has long-intended to demolish 23 Bedouin villages in order to expand and link settlements, established in violation of international law. Settlement expansion in this area would cut the West Bank in two, further disrupting movement and social and economic ties between major Palestinian cities and limiting the little access Palestinians in the West Bank have to Jerusalem.

Haaretz: Israeli government plans to forcible relocate 12,500 Bedouin

All of the Palestinian Bedouin communities slated for transfer are located in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel maintains full civil and military control. There are already around 341,000 Israeli settlers living in more than 100 settlements throughout Area C. Although Area C is within the internationally recognized 1967 borders of the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel only allows Palestinians to build on 1 percent of it. The lack of authority to build makes Palestinians vulnerable to home demolition, displacement, and forcible transfer and limits their ability to realize their rights to water, to adequate shelter, to education, health, and to livelihood.

In recent months, the government of Israel has used coercive tactics to heighten the pressure on Palestinian Bedouin communities, issuing eviction orders and demolishing homes and livelihood structures. Israel has also obstructed aid agencies from delivering assistance to these communities, including by seizing and destroying emergency shelters that international donors provided for families whose homes were demolished and confiscating a swing-set and a slide for a Bedouin school. Israel has already demolished more than 350 Palestinian homes or livelihood structures in Area C in 2014, while demolitions in the Jerusalem periphery and E1 area have hit a five-year high, displacing 170 Bedouins, 91 of whom are children.

“Being in constant danger of forcible transfer is not a healthy way of living. We are scared, we can’t build, we lack basic rights, but we don’t want to move to a township. If you ask me to move I would say no. I was born as a Bedouin, and we want to preserve our traditions. Israel is claiming they will create a better solution for us, I will tell you that’s not true, that transferring us will destroy our lifestyle and traditions. If they really want to create a better solution they can let us to go back to the Negev or stay where we are and receive services,” said Jameel Hamadeen, a 32-year-old resident of Sateh al Bahr, one of the Bedouin communities slated for demolition and transfer.

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El Arakib in court this Wednesday: The village needs your support!

1 Comment 11 September 2014

This Wednesday, September 17th, the court will finally hear a very important appeal from Al Arakib which could determine the future of the village. There are two ways the villagers are asking for support- one is by attending the weekly vigil on Sunday at 16:30, and the second is by coming to the Ramle Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday,  at 11:30. Details, transportation,  and background below.

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