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Operation Protective Edge – July-August 2014 - Progress Report

IACC Activities for Bedouins in the Negev

Posted by admin on September 6, 2014

IACC Activities for Bedouins in the Negev:

Operation Protective Edge – July-August 2014 - Progress Report

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Israel's low number of civilian casualties can be attributed to two safeguards: the Iron Dome missile-defense system, which prevents rockets from falling in urban areas, and the abundant availability of protected shelters, to which residents flee when they hear sirens.

In the event of a rocket attack, 200,000 Bedouins of Southern Israel have nowhere to run; there are very few shelters in the dozens of recognized and unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev. The Bedouins are not protected by the Iron Dome technology, which does not operate in regions characterized as "open areas." This puts Bedouins in Israel in a precarious situation; they have faced a constant threat of missiles during Operation Protective Edge. A number of Bedouin civilians have been wounded or killed due to fallen rockets, including 4 young children.

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With the imediate and generous support of The Jerri-Ann and Gary Jacobs Foundation, the IACC has been able to direct staff and resources to 5 Bedouin municipalities: Segev Shalom, Hura, Kesefiya, Rahat and Tel Sheva.

The Bedouin population presented unique challenges including the absence of bomb shelters, the sensitive nature of the hostilities, and the restrictions of Ramadan.

The IACC successfully offered experiential and fun local activities in safe spaces (sometimes in private homes) and day trips to water parks and other attractions outside the range of rocket fire.