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New Government Appointment for Doron Almog
Dec 13, 2011
Press Release Issued from The Prime Minister’s Office
Major General (Res) Doron Almog appointed as Chair of Committee to Implement Cabinet plan for the Bedouin sector in the Negev.
Maj. Gen. (Res) Almog, who formerly served as head of the IDF Southern Command, has long been on the forefront of social initiatives and projects for advancing the Negev. His experience of many years has given him a strong understanding and familiarity with the Bedouin population in the region.
Since early 2000, Almog has devoted much of his time to the establishment of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, which serves as a home for people with severe cognitive disabilities. Located near Ofakim in Israel’s Negev region, the Village offers a future of hope on behalf of the weakest and most defenseless members of Israeli society, and its resident population includes a number of Bedouins. The Village also serves as a rehabilitation center for over 4,000 residents of the southern region who require special rehabilitative care and services following a injury, trauma or an illness. The hundreds of Bedouins who benefit from outpatient services are also helped out by the cadre of Bedouns represented in the Village’s staff of caregivers and workers.
Almog’s efforts in the area of social progress and development have merited a variety of awards; in recognition of his efforts on behalf of ALEH Negev, the Israeli government accorded him the honor of lighting a torch at the 2006 Central Independence Day celebrations at Mt. Herzl.
During his tenure as head of the IDF Southern Command, Almog launched higher-education initiatives for veteran Bedouin soldiers from the south. He was a partner in the establishment of a technicians training school as well as a school for Hebrew language instruction to help Bedouins acclimate after their army service.
The Cabinet plan for the Bedouin sector in the Negev, approved in September, is based on four cornerstones:
1) Providing for the status of Bedouin communities in the Negev;
2) Economic development for the Negev’s Bedouin population;
3) Resolving claims over land ownership;
4) Establishing a mechanism for binding, implementation, enforcement and timetables.
The plan is part of the comprehensive government activity to develop the Negev region in an effort to improve the lives of all its inhabitants – Jews and Bedouin alike. The plan is designed to significantly reduce the economic and social gaps in the Negev and Israeli society as a whole and to strengthen the connection between the center of the country and the peripheral areas. The plan integrates national projects that the government is implementing in the Negev; amongst those are moving army basis to the Negev, development of transportation infrastructure and initiating building, progress in industry, investment in education, and more.
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