The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality
The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality was established in 1997 by a group of Arab and Jewish residents of the Negev/Naqab concerned about the failure of the state of Israel to respect, protect and fulfill, without discrimination, its human rights obligations towards the Arab-Bedouin citizens in the Negev. NCF struggles for full civil rights and equality for all those living in the Negev/Naqab.
To achieve this aim, NCF engages in various activities, including community empowerment, solidarity and protest activities, documentation of human rights violations, participation in legal petitions against discriminatory practices, and local and international advocacy.
NCF holds photo-documentation workshops for children and women in unrecognized Bedouin villages. Participants learn to use cameras and to document their everyday lives and the human rights abuses they endure. The photo documentation workshops for women aim to increase the participation of Bedouin women in the documentation of human rights abuses by the State of Israel towards its Bedouin citizens; and to contribute to a body of visual evidence, to be used in the struggle to advance the rights of the Bedouins in Israel.
NCF conducts guided tours whose aim is to offer participants a deeper understanding of State policy towards the Arab Bedouin of the Negev/Naqab regarding the allocation of resources, services and infrastructure to the community. Participants include international and local journalists, diplomats, students and more.
NCF provides, through its website, newsletters and printed reports, accurate and reliable information to the general public, to decision-makers, and to other stakeholders. NCF submitted shadow reports to the UN regarding home demolitions, lack of services in the unrecognized villages and discrimination within the public service sphere. NCF ensures the reliability of the information contained in such reports by conducting its own fieldwork and research. In addition, NCF sent representatives to various UN and other forums dedicated to the rights of indigenous populations.
NCF’s office, located in a municipal shelter in Beer Sheva, also serves as a meeting space, and hosts a variety of cultural, educational and political activities under the title “Multaqa-Mifgash” (“meeting” in Arabic and Hebrew).
The Israel Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has supported various activities of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality since 2012, focusing in the last years on the photo documentation workshops for Bedouin women in unrecognized Bedouin villages.www.dukium.org/