Equality for Palestinian Citizens of Israel - New Israel Fund Australia

Equality for Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Projects we support:

Bimkom, Al Hukok and the Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages

Through our grantees we’re working towards the recognition of Bedouin villages in the Negev.

Almost 100,000 Bedouin live in the Negev in ‘unrecognised villages’. This means they don’t have access to electricity, running water or proper access to education and healthcare, and are constantly at risk of home demolitions.

Around 4,000 Bedouin live in the towns of Ras a Jarba, Wadi al Naam and Um Matan.

As town planners, the staff of Bimkom provide much-needed expertise in liaising with national and local government authorities and other towns in the region. Recently, Bimkom successfully had demolition orders for the villages of Umm al-Khir and Hashem al-Karem frozen.

In 1997, the Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages (RCUV) was established to help leaders of unrecognised villages work in a unified and collaborative way toward achieving recognition for these villages and assistance for their residents.

This project mobilises unrecognised villages’ residents to advance recognition of villages and respond to urgent needs of displaced residents.

We don’t believe that any citizen should be deprived basic necessities, whether they are Jewish or Palestinian.

Al Hukok – the first Bedouin-run legal centre in the Negev – has been making great strides to intervene against the government’s neglect in the provision of planning permits and schools for Bedouin children.

Grants to Bimkom:

  • 2020 – $23,080
  • 2019 – $20,000
  • 2018 – $26,000

Grants to the Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages:

  • 2020 – $12,500

Grants to Al Hukok:

  • 2019 – $7,500
  • 2018 – $13,200
  • 2017 – $13,200


Adalah is Israel’s leading legal centre for the Palestinian community, and we are funding its legal work across two issue areas: social and economic rights, and land and planning rights.

Palestinian-Israelis are routinely ranked in socio-economic surveys as one of the most disadvantaged communities in Israel. Fewer Palestinian-Israelis finish high school and university than Jewish-Israelis, which feeds into the cycle of unemployment. Palestinian children are far more likely to experience poverty and poorer health than their Jewish-Israeli counterparts.

Until recently, a large number of Bedouin schools in the Negev didn’t have access to nearby bus stops, creating a dangerous hazard for school children. Thanks to court action by Adalah hundreds of kids at 10 high schools and almost 40 primary schools will be much safer on the journeys to and from school. This, and other cases of access to education across the country, mean fewer Palestinian kids will fall behind in educational attainment than their Jewish peers.

Over the last two decades, Adalah has brought more than 250 impact litigation cases before Israeli courts, seeking to promote and protect equality for all citizens of the state.


  • 2020 – $20,000
  • 2019 – $20,000
  • 2018 – $26,000