Mufeed Swelem: "Now I know my rights"
Hoda Anu Obayed, 24, Lakiya: "It was an amazing workshop. I am happy I could come. Now, I am more powerful and I feel stronger. It's essential information for activists. I know more about my rights, what I am allowed to do and what I cannot do. I can work much more effectively and directly contribute to my community."
Mufeed Swelem, 23, Seveg Shalom: "I am glad and proud to have attended this workshop. I was arrested during the July events. Now I know my rights and I feel more confident. Next time, I will inquire as to why I am being arrested and whether or not the arrest is illegal. I will be more careful. Many thanks to Adalah and the NCF for all of this information!"
On October 1 2013, Adalah, in partnership with the Negev Coexistence Forum (NCF), held a human rights workshop for 15 young Arab Bedouin activists, 11 men and 4 women, in the unrecognized village of Khashem Zanneh. The activists, from recognized and unrecognized villages, are struggling against home demolitions and for better living conditions and access to state services, especially in at-risk villages threatened by the Prawer Plan.
Adalah Board member Attorney Hussein Abu Hussein led the workshop for the activists on their rights to demonstrate, including how to obtain a demonstration permit, what their rights are if they are ,arrested and investigated, including access to lawyers and translators. Activists in the Naqab need this information as they are struggling and demonstrating against the Prawer Plan.
The activists took home "Know Your Rights" pocket guides, Adalah's Myths and Misconceptions about the Arab Bedouin, and information on discriminatory laws targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel.
The workshop was made possible in part through your support via Global Giving - - thank you! We more than doubled our original goal and raised over $10,000 in just one month!
We are now trying to raise $20,000 before the end of the year so that Adalah can offer more workshops, provide more study tours for media and decision-makers, and support the activists through legal representation to save their homes and stop the Prawer Plan. Please join us, and ask your friends!
Participants discuss what they've learned
15 activists took the human rights workshop