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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Rebuild Eco Mosque in Wadi El Naam tomorrow

On Christmas Day, Israeli authorities bulldozed a straw-bale and mud
built eco-mosque in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Wadi El Naam,
close to Beer Sheva.

The mosque was built by the community, with help from Jewish-Israeli
friends and activists from all over the world, as a symbol of hope for
the Bedouin communities whose land rights are not recognized by the
Israeli government, and who suffer constant harassment, home
demolitions and destruction of their crops.

The State destroyed it, because they hold all Bedouin settlements
outside of government-recognized townships (where Bedouin have no
possibility to live in the way that is traditional to their culture)
to be illegal. Thus Bedouin are considered squatters and trespassers
on their own land.

Help rebuild the mosque, and rebuild hope in the Bedouin community.

Message from Bustan and the Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages

To all our friends and colleagues,
As the Straw-Bale mosque in Wadi al-Naam was destroyed this past Thursday, we have organized a community event at the site tomorrow, Friday, January 2nd. Thank you to everyone for your support during this time of destruction. Although we are devastated by the destruction of the Eco-Mosque in Wadi al-Naam, we know that now is not the time to sit down and do nothing. Instead, we must join together to rebuild.

Please join us this Friday, January 2, at 11:30 am at the site of the Wadi Na'am mosque, for a community prayer and ceremony to commemorate the destruction, all the home demolitions in the unrecognized villages, and to re-dedicate the mosque, which is being rebuilt!

You can arrive to the Mosque in several ways:
1) if you are arriving by car, call Mahmoud for directions 057-466-2331;
2) a sherut from Tzomet Sarah near Segev Shalom will take you all the way to the mosque
3) by Metropoline buses #44, 45, 58 or 60 from the Central Bus Station in Beer Sheva, ask the driver to get off at "Military Base 302". From there, transportation can be arranged; 4) if there is a group arriving from Beersheva, we can organize transportation directly from there.

For that reason, it is essential to RSVP if you are coming. Please email greencenter@bustan.org or call 050-371-1802 or (RCUV details)

We need donations!

Checks can be sent either to Bustan: 18/3 Basel St, Schunat Alef, Beer Sheva Israel

Or to the RCUV: P.O.Box 10002, Beer Sheva, 84105, to "El Auna Fund", or via paypal to yallylivnat@gmail.com

Please indicate that it is for re-building the mosque, and your name and contact info, so we can thank you and send a receipt.

While most of the work tomorrow, Friday will be done by professional builders, on Saturday we are expecting community work to finish off the building. Please join us! For details, please call Mahmoud at 057-466-2331 (Arabic or Hebrew), or Rebecca: 052 406 6969

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