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al-Jahalin Local Council
Ali Abu Ghalia, Chairman of the Board.
052-238-9934
Arab Al-Jahalin Local Council, Bethany.

In 1997, Israel forced Arab al-Jahalin residents to move to the area of al-Jabal which completely lacked infrastructure or building plans. To address this situation, they created the Arab Al-Jahalin Local Council. The Council started by working to strengthen the links between the heads of various families. In working to sustain the Bedouin community, the Council also supported the building of new homes, a local school, and a health clinic. To this day, the council continues to address various issues that affect the displaced community of this area, and also offers support to other communities threatened by displacement.

The preservation of the Bedouin lifestyle and heritage, the promotion of education, assurance of health care for the Bedouin community members of Bethany, and advocating for the right of refugees to return to their native lands.

A village which embodies Bedouin traditions and way of life, taking pride in its ability to provide legal and moral support to other communities threatened by displacement.

A village which embodies Bedouin traditions and way of life, taking pride in its ability to provide legal and moral support to other communities threatened by displacement.

  1. Securing the necessary space and facilities to administer activities.
  2. Ensuring that building plans are presented to the proper authorities in a fit and proper manner.
  3. Providing access to water and electricity for the Arab al-Jahalin community.
  4. Providing the community with medical and educational services.
  5. Caring for the community’s youth and providing them with a safe environment in which to live.
Volunteer Opportunities:

The Arab al-Jahalin Local Council is looking for volunteers with skills in education, health, and/or sports whom can support community development. 

Language Skills: Arabic.

Wish List:
  1. Furnish the Council’s new centre.
  2. A library for the school.
  3. Extending classes for the local school up to 12th grade.
  4. Infrastructure improvements.
  5. Medical support and rehabilitation for disabled people.
  6. An outdoors insecticide spraying project to protect the community against harmful insects.
What We Have to Offer:

The organisation provides services and facilities for the community and provides a platform for community members to be represented at a governmental level.

Programmes and Projects
  1. Establishing a school for children through the ninth grade
  2. Creating a centre for community events administered by the Local Council
  3. Opening a sports club
  4. Establishing a cooperative association for raising livestock
  5. Building a nursery
  6. Building a water tank