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The Unrecognised Villages of the Negev

Sumud Palestine was pleased to host Hilary Tyrell and Philip Nixon for a light Palestinian lunch followed by Hilary’s presentation on the plight of 240,000 Bedouin in the Negev who, despite being Israeli citizens suffer extreme discrimination. Some 70,000 live in so-called “unrecognised villages” which predate the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
Hilary’s talk was accompanied by pictures and she also brought with her photographs taken from Women’s Voices from the Negev – Yusawiruna – which was initiated by a joint Jewish-Arab organisations, the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality. Through photos Bedouin women record their lives and the human rights abuses to which they are subject by the State authorities.
For more information on the project, as well as reports and information on the Bedouin Negev see, the website of the Negev Coexistence Forum. Or you can sign up for the NCF newsletter on their site …

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