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A revolution in Laqiya: Improving Residents’ Lives through Strategic Planning

A revolution in Laqiya: Improving Residents’ Lives through Strategic Planning

If you know anything about Israel’s 245,000 Negev Bedouin, an indigenous, a once nomadic people, you know that their standard of living is below par in just about every way. Negev Bedouin towns are characterized by high rates of poverty and school dropout, as well as a dearth of adequate commercial, industrial, transportation, health, recreation [&hellip

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Meet Bedouin woman activist, Amal Alnasasra: from Shatil project participant to NGO director

Meet Bedouin woman activist, Amal Alnasasra: from Shatil project participant to NGO director

Thirty-nine year old Amal Alnasasra grew up among the poorest of the poor in Rahat’s neglected Neighborhood 20, where the residents are, like her, “dark skinned” as she puts it. (Israel is home to thousands of Arabs of African descent who arrived here throughout the centuries in a variety of ways.) Today, as co-director of [&hellip

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Civil society pressure saves Bedouin adult education program

Civil society pressure saves Bedouin adult education program

Intensive advocacy by civil society organizations, including Shatil, saved a program that gives Bedouin school dropouts the equivalent of a basic/high school education. The Ministry of Education had decided to close the NIS 2 million program for lack of funds. But after the organizations activated Knesset members who took immediate steps, sent letters to seven [&hellip

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Meet Ameer Abo Hamad: Getting to know Jerusalem through its people’s stories

Meet Ameer Abo Hamad: Getting to know Jerusalem through its people’s stories

Next month, Shatil will launch the fourth cadre of “Lowering the Walls,” an anti-racism training for Jerusalem leaders. In anticipation, we introduce you to a member of the last cohort, who as a result of his participation, is establishing a unique tourism project.   At 25, Ameer Abu Hamad has a college degree, co-owns a [&hellip

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#MeToo reaches Israel’s public housing

#MeToo reaches Israel’s public housing

Well before #MeToo, women public housing residents in Israel came out with their shocking stories   The women’s faces – beautiful, etched with life experience – look directly, unashamedly at you. They are simultaneously strong and vulnerable. They are women who live in public housing and each has a story to tell of sexual abuse [&hellip

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