Recent data from the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality (NCF), an Arab-Jewish NGO advocating for Bedouins in the Naqab Desert, show approximately 15,000 buildings have been razed in the last six years in the Bedouin areas of the Naqab. This year has already seen a sharp rise in demolitions with the Israel Lands Authority (ILA) distributing 450 demolition notices to residents across Naqab in February.
‘Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of the destitute,
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.’ (Prov.31:8-9)
- Lord, we pray for the Palestinian Bedouin villagers who see their homes bulldozed by the Israeli authorities, time after time. We pray that many people in Palestine, Israel and around the world will speak out for the rights of these destitute people to live undisturbed on their land, free from such relentless harassment. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.