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Community Garden Project in Barbur


Friday 9:30 26.01

First working meeting of the Community Garden Project in Barbur.

Cleaning up the territory and preparing the garden for planting –

Everybody is invited!

Building planning and supervision in



On Wednesday, January 17, a meeting of Nachlaot neighbourhood residents worried the sad state of building and planning supervision in the neighbourhood and the city center.

Apart from all concerned, the neighbourhood architect David Dweik and representatives of Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights were invited to the meeting. More than 40 neighbourhood residents came.

As a result of the meeting, it was decided to organize the Action Committee.
The first meeting of the Committee will be held on 24.01 at 19:00 in Barbur.

Why Unrecognized?


In the framework of the exhibition Unrecognized:

Saturday, 13/01, 20:00 :

Why Unrecognized? An introduction to the story of the Bedouin in the Negev. Speakers:

Salman Alranami , Alsiraj organization – The Bedouin in the Negev and the state of Israel.

Noam Lubell , Truman institute, Hebrew university; Concord institute, College of Management – Indigenous populations and International Law.

Hilel Cohen , Jerusalem – Israel Religion and the Bedouin in the Negev.

The January events

New Exhibition in Barbur


On Saturday, January 6, at 20:30 there will be an opening of the exhibition
Stories and images from the unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev, Israel

The exhibition is the summary of the long-term project by Tal Adler and it will accompanied by lectures and meetings.

150,000 Bedouin, Israeli citizens, live in the Negev. About half of them live in villages unrecognized by the state of Israel. Most villages have thousands of residents but the villages are not part of any municipality and do not enjoy basic services as water, education, health facilities, electricity, paved roads, etc.

“The Bedouins are taking over state lands illegally” is a well accepted claim in main stream Israeli public opinion. Reading through the history of the Negev and the state of Israel reveals the opposite: the state took over most of the Bedouin land in the Negev, and this process continues on to this day.
Tal Adler, photographer, artist, teacher and social-political activist, started the “Unrecognized” project in 2003 following reports of Bedouin fields in the Negev which had been sprayed with a toxic substance from the air, by the state. Adler met with individuals, groups, organizations and representatives of the various unrecognized villages. The result is a traveling exhibition of around 35 stories and photographs, one from each unrecognized village. The exhibition is used as a platform for events, lectures and meetings about the unrecognized villages and a chance to get to know their stories and special circumstances.

The January events

“Hakoma Lemala” – music performance


Friday, December 15 at 12:00
Hakoma lemala


Inbal Lots – Guitar, Vocals
Ariel Givant – Bass guitar, Cello
Yechiam Gets – Percussion
“Hakoma Lemala” was established last year by formerly music students from “Rimon” school for Jazz and contemporary music.

The web site of the band: Hakoma lemala

Critical Reading and Research Workshop


Monday, October 9

Critical Reading and Research Workshop – the second meeting.

After a three weeks break we are continuing the Critical Reading and Research workshop meetings conducted by Niv Hachlili.
The workshop tries to examine the texts that surround us and discern what is really happening behind them, whether is it possible to read them from different points of view, and how is it possible to learn from them.
We will learn what a research project is, how it is conducted, what are its uses, in what sense it is relevant to our lives, and whether it can bring change. We will examine the images that “Israeliut” wanted to build for itself, whether they came to life at all, and if yes, to whom.
With the help of study of events and processes that were pushed to the margins of the Israeli narrative we will try to understand what place image takes in reality, and how images are influencing our perception of it. We will see how events that were erased from collective consciousness and narrative are directly relevant to our own time.
We will analyze the role that imagery takes in building of new social and cultural system and will try to understand whether we can create independent communal platforms that will facilitate change in our society, what tools we have for their creation, and what tools we can develop. We will try to understand the place of the individual in the system, and his or her strengths and weaknesses.

Free entrance

Critical Reading and Research Workshop


On Monday, September 18 we’ve started a series of group meetings of Critical Reading and Research.
The workshop will be conducted by Niv Hachlili and will try to look at the texts around us and figure out how and what we can learn from them. What is a research project, how to conduct it, what can it be used for and in what sense does it pertain to our lives? Can independent communal platforms exist? Where does the individual fit within the system? What are his weaknesses and where does his strength lie?

Next meeting will take place in a two weeks on Monday, October 2.