The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

Save the Negev


  • Bedouin vil-lages have been demolished to make way for Negev develop-ment
  • Israel's plan has been to "suburbanize" the Negev with Jewish settle-ments
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  •        Save the Negev asks you to sign the petition against the renewed destruction of Bedouin villages at Change.org.

    The basics: The Jewish National Fund's "Blueprint Negev" is a driving force in Negev development, but the environmental and social impact of Blueprint Negev has never been reviewed by outside parties. A positive future requires much more than the JNF—the gov't of Israel must decide to implement the best recommendations of the Goldberg report on Bedouin affairs. SavetheNegev.org is a catalyst to get JNF-US, and Israel's government, to revise their plans for the Negev based on principles of sustainability and equitable development, so that what unfolds will both respect the earth and the Bedouin, and help all of Israeli citizens.

    photos courtesy of Bustan, Wadi el-Naam 

     

    Where are the Jewish Greens? – Devorah Brous

    In advance of JNF's tree planting activities this Tu B'Shvat, the village of Al Arakib was once again demolished. For the ninth time...

    Al-Arakib—gov't renews demolition of Bedouin villages

    Al-Arakib was demolished July 27, 2010, the first such destruction of a Bedouin village since the Goldberg Commission recommended recognizing the existing unrecognized villages.

    Project Wadi Attir—a new JNF?

    A JNF project aims to develop a Bedouin model for sustainable, community-based agriculture.

    Global climate change and forests in the desert

    Forests in the desert are no solution for global climate change.

    Save the Negev

    Protect the Bedouin – Protect the desert

    Unrecognized

    Almost all of the "unrecognized" Bedouin villages subject to demolition were created when the IDF moved the Bedouin out of the majority of the Negev over fifty years ago...

    Ben Gurion University Report on the Bedouin

    "Invisible Citizens: Israeli Government Policy Towards the Bedouin" – the full scoop on why there are "unrecognized" villages and why they need to be recognized.

    MOSQUE DEMOLITION IN THE NEGEV

    An eco-built mosque (the first in Israel, perhaps the world, built by Moslems, Christians and Jews together) in the unrecognized village of Wadi el Na'am was demolished on Dec 25th. Please help rebuild it!

    Ohalah Resolution on Blueprint Negev

    Resolution from the Jewish Renewal Rabbis and Cantors on Blueprint Negev

    The Giving Tree: A Way to Honor Our Vision for Israel

    Planting a tree for the future sounds like second nature, a wise investment for both Israel and the planet. But whether you think about doing this at Tu Bish'vat or during the Omer when it's really planting time, it's a little more complicated than donating to JNF...

    Devorah Brous' open letter to the JNF

    A deep cleavage already exists in the Negev...

    Greenprint Negev

    Ideas for Revising Blueprint Negev, submitted to JNF-US

    JNF's Response to Save the Negev

    A brief update on the response of the JNF and our dialogue with them

    Talk to the Goldberg Commission

    What happened with the Goldberg Commission on Bedouin affairs, along with the letter we sent to the Commission.

    RCUV's Recommendations for the Goldberg Commission!

    The Goldberg Commission was established by the Government of Israel to present recommendations regarding the Bedouin settlement in the Negev. They are accepting comments through February 14th 2007.

    Comments on Savethenegev.org

    Giving directly to KKL in Israel

    How can you give directly to KKL in Israel?

    A-tir and Um al-Hiran

    Press releases, satellite photos, more links, and a short video of A-tir.

    Are KKL-JNF the good guys?

    If you are planning to sponsor trees in Israel for Tu Bishvat, please read this page about current and historical concerns with KKL-JNF.

    Petition

    Read, and comment on a petition to JNF-US about Blueprint Negev. Sign and circulate it for Tu Bishvat!

    Haaretz and Bustan on the demolition of A-tir

    "ILA Destroys Bedouin Homes to Make Way for Jewish Town"

    T'nuat Or

    A Negev without Bedouin? – the vision of one of JNF-US's Israeli partners

    Sustainablity and Bedouin Culture

    Does Bedouin culture really know how to use and live in the Negev desert sustainably?

    Bustan's report on Blueprint Negev [pdf]

    A brief report from Bustan, the foremost organization working with the Bedouin for sustainability, on Blueprint Negev.

    More Blueprint Negev Links

    Adalah, Bustan, documentary movies, articles from Haaretz, map links and more

    "Assault on the Negev"–The Jerusalem Report, 2005

    From the authors: "The projects outlined in JNF-US's 'Blueprint Negev' have not been reviewed or endorsed by the KKL directorate or sustainability committee..."

    Educate and Contribute

    Give to Bustan. Give to this campaign.

    JNF-UK: a bad examplar

    The split between JNF-UK and KKL

    Moshe Dayan's vision of the Bedouin

    "The Bedouin would not live on his land with his herds, but would become an urban person who comes home in the afternoon and puts his slippers on...[W]ithin two generations...this phenomenon of the Bedouins will disappear."




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    Mini Menu

    Where are the Jewish Greens? – Devorah Brous ~
    Al-Arakib—gov't renews demolition of Bedouin villages ~
    Project Wadi Attir—a new JNF? ~
    Global climate change and forests in the desert ~
    Save the Negev ~
    Unrecognized ~
    Ben Gurion University Report on the Bedouin ~
    MOSQUE DEMOLITION IN THE NEGEV ~
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    Ohalah Resolution on Blueprint Negev ~
    The Giving Tree: A Way to Honor Our Vision for Israel ~
    Devorah Brous' open letter to the JNF ~
    Greenprint Negev ~
    JNF's Response to Save the Negev ~
    Talk to the Goldberg Commission ~
    RCUV's Recommendations for the Goldberg Commission! ~
    Comments on Savethenegev.org ~
    Giving directly to KKL in Israel ~
    A-tir and Um al-Hiran ~
    Are KKL-JNF the good guys? ~
    Petition ~
    Haaretz and Bustan on the demolition of A-tir ~
    T'nuat Or ~
    Sustainablity and Bedouin Culture ~
    Bustan's report on Blueprint Negev [pdf] ~
    More Blueprint Negev Links ~
    "Assault on the Negev"–The Jerusalem Report, 2005 ~
    Educate and Contribute ~
    JNF-UK: a bad examplar ~
    Moshe Dayan's vision of the Bedouin ~
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