JTA – A training and assistance center for access to employment in the Bedouin community has opened in southern Israel.
The Switch Center for Training and Advancement of Employment is a project of the Harry Oscar Triguboff Institute, in partnership with the Idan HaNegev Company and with the assistance of JNF Australia.
The center has a classroom, a computer room, a clinic, a large multipurpose room, workspaces, offices, an amphitheater and conference rooms. The staff are Bedouin and Jewish, a statement from the Triguboff Institute said.
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About 300,000 Bedouins live in Israel, mainly in the Negev, in the south of Israel.
The center opened earlier this month, in a ceremony at Idan HaNegev Industrial Park, located around the Bedouin town of Rahat.
Harry Oscar Triguboff, his wife, Rhonda, and their two daughters attended the opening ceremony. Australian Ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan was also present.
“It is a proud moment for the town of Rahat, which receives people who help Bedouin society. This center gives opportunities to young Bedouin men and women, and we are proud of our partnership with Idan HaNegev… when there is employment, it is possible to achieve a lot of beautiful things ”, said Faiz Abu Sahiben, mayor of Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in the world, in a statement.
Harry Triguboff is a billionaire real estate developer and one of the richest people in Australia. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Meriton, Australia’s largest apartment development group and the nation’s largest home builder.