Code of Ethics
This document serves as a guidepost for the objectives of the organization and its mission. The founding principles of the organization are peace, multiculturalism, social responsibility, equality, mutual respect, and cooperation. The code of ethics helps those active in the organization to act according to the goals and values that they have established, especially regarding weakened populations such as the Bedouin population in the Negev. The organization’s activists are motivated by feelings of responsibility towards this population.
- Tolerance and peace – “Don’t say the day will come, bring the day” (Yaakov Rotblit, Song for Peace) We believe that peace and tolerance among sectors of Israeli society will not arrive by themselves. Therefore we see its advancement between the Bedouin and Jewish societies in the Negev as a top priority and see ourselves as obligated to endow the values of peace and tolerance amongst us, in order to allow ourselves to see the other.
- Mutual respect – “There shall be no violation of the life, body or dignity of any person as such. All persons are entitled to protection of their life, body and dignity.“ (Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty , 1992) We believe in the actualization of the value of human dignity and are committed to protecting basic human rights out of the recognition that human beings are born free and equal. At the same time, we act out of sensitivity and respect for the cultural and religious differences of man.
- Multiculturalism – Human beings are naturally varied. Even within one nation, there are a variety of people who come from different cultural backgrounds. When a person is aware of his cultural background and seeks to cultivate it, he has something to offer the society in which he lives. Through this offering, multiculturalism is achieved, thus allowing people to broaden their horizons.
- Cooperation and coordination – We see cooperation, coordination and pooling of resources between organizations as a necessary condition for efficient action and a basis for maximizing abilities under conditions of lack of resources. We are committed to cooperation with other organizations operating within the sphere of our work.
- Social responsibility – We operate out of social responsibility and a commitment to the needs of the Bedouin population while advancing values of mutual responsibility, giving, intervention and social solidarity. Therefore, we are committed to identifying the crucial, authentic societal needs required for the advancement of Bedouin society, and to develop services and provide a response that is suited both to its needs and to the abilities and the goals of the organization.
- Integrity – We are committed to integrity, good governance , reliable reporting, transparency and avoidance of conflict of interest. We operate with truth and integrity and make the information on our administration, activities and use of donor funds accessible to the general public,with full transparency. We act clearly according to the regulations and goals of the organization, as defined by law, with no intent to profit.
- Professionalism and efficiency – We are committed to administer our various activities with professionalism, with openness to inspection and critique and with the hope for constant efficiency. We do this in order to maximize our resources for the mission of the organization within the Bedouin population. Therefore, we act out of professional considerations only and are committed to use the resources of the organization in a professional and effective manner. We follow the overhead provision in accordance with the directives of the registrar of non-profit organizations. We continually review our methods of conducting our activities in order to streamline them and operate in an optimal manner.
- Equality – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN, 1948)
We are committed to implement the spirit of these words for the population with which we work in an equal manner without regard to religion, race, gender, nationality, sexual or gender orientation and according to the standards that we have set, with an awareness and respect of cultural difference.