Sha'ar La'Adam – Bab Lil'Insan was founded as an initiative between neighbours from Kibbutz Harduf and the Bedouin villages Sawa'ed and Kaabiyye. It originated from the belief that when we act in joint effort, we can bridge over gaps between the respective communities and act together toward our common aims and goals.
The main characteristic of our varied activities is the belief that first and foremost we must turn to ourselves, to our people in the communities where we live, and from there draw the forces and skills necessary for promoting and building the relationships between us. We built our abode, which harmoniously blends into the nature around us, in a joint effort. In collaboration with several schools, we promote many activities for youth in the areas of art, theatre and ecology, and together we initiate community meetings and celebrate the yearly events.
We strive to overcome the institutional State-oriented approach, which perpetuates existing segregatory gaps and inequality, and we are dedicated to promoting a community-oriented approach, one that views the people in the Galilee as one community, equal to one another. We, as a united community, have the strength to improve and change our future. Through a deep and thorough process, we are able to create a new communal agreement common to both Jews and Arabs in the Galilee, whilst preserving the interests of all the residents. The perpetuation of institutional inequality raises difficulties in reaching a deep collaboration, and therefore, we are interested in promoting civil projects that aim at changing the existing reality.
Accordingly, we cannot ignore the blatant methodical violation of human rights, which enhances the existing inequality. Inequality in accessibility of resources, expropriation of lands, inferior investment in infrastructure, environmental pollution, exclusion, occupational and cultural segregation, amongst others – all these prevent us from consolidating a new harmonious identity. This is the reality which we are striving, and acting to change.