Established just a few years ago, Al Hukok is the first legal centre run by Bedouin in the Negev. It focuses exclusively on that community’s unique needs.
More than 100,000 Negev Bedouin live in ‘unrecognised villages’, where they don’t have access to running water and electricity, and are under the constant threat of home demolitions by the Israeli government.
- Al Hukok has also set up the first Bedouin legal counselling service for victims of Israel’s house demolition policy. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,200 homes were demolished by the government, giving Al Hukok’s work particular importance for hundreds of families across the Negev.
- The organisation’s lawyers provide personalised representation for the community meaning Bedouin can now seek help inside their community as they work towards government recognition of their villages.
- Working with the Dar al-Qalam school, Al Hukok brought a petition to the Ministry of Education to prevent overcrowding. Currently more than 1,900 students attend the school, which has capacity to fit only 600.