Israel's Bedouin population is an important part of the Jewish state's society. These people will now benefit from three programs provided by The Fellowship - improved emergency services, assisting youth who enlist in the IDF, and scholarships for those who have served Israel:
The additional support announced by the Fellowship will be provided within the framework of three different programs. The first will be the launch of two ambulances, set to operate in Bir-H'adge and in Segev Shalom, the purchase of medical equipment for young Beduin Magen David Adom medics, along with funding the training of additional medics. According to data obtained by the IFCJ, the Beduin community suffers from a severe shortage of ambulances, which causes a large number of fatalities that otherwise could have been avoided.
"Many patients from the Bedouin community who need to be rushed to the hospitals within minutes, often find themselves with no means of medical evacuation," said Sapuan Marich, director of the Non-Jewish Sector in the IFCJ, "This often causes a tragic loss of life which could have been avoided had there were ample ambulances to serve them." As mentioned, along with the launch of two additional ambulances, the aid expansion will also provide funding for the purchase of medical equipment for Bedouin Medics. In total, the emergency medical aid program is in the sum of 500,000 NIS.
The second program to be launched is aimed at assisting Beduin youth enlisting in the IDF. As part of this aid, the IFCJ will grant every Beduin soldier a gift, in the form of a Kitbag and full personal gear, given to them on the day of they are drafted. This comes in light of recent statistics showing that each year about 450 Beduins volunteers to the IDF, including 150 soldiers from Beduin communities in the South. In total, about NIS 75,000 worth of equipment and military gear will be provided as part of this program.
The third program is a scholarship for Beduin students who either served in the IDF or volunteered in the state's National Service program.