The minorities district was set up in 2008, and it is comprised of all the minority populations from the far south to the north, including Moslem, Druse, Bedouin, Circassian, and Christian communities.
In this district, a variety of sites and preserved buildings can be found, all of which tell the fascinating story of a population that has lived in Israel for generations.
We are currently intensively involved in advancing the work of The Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel in projects that will generate change in the minority populations, such as the World Circassian Museum in Kfar Kama, the Daher al-Omar Citadel in Dir Hana and the designation of additional buildings for conservation.
At present, two conservation committees operate in the district, one in the north and one in the Triangle (the eastern Sharon plain), composed of engineers, architects and public figures. The committees convene once every four months to discuss buildings for conservation and prepare conservation guidelines for urban development plans in the minority sector.
We managed to set up conservation committees in some of the authorities, but these are not active for reasons related to the councils themselves. The problems we encounter daily are not easy, since most of the buildings in this sector are under private, not public, ownership, a fact that seriously impedes our work.
The conservation challenges in this sector are not straightforward, and the The Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel is being watched carefully by the population, who regard our conservation work as a way of giving the community a boost economically after its completion, as it did in Kfar Kama.
Many of the buildings we managed to locate in these areas were found fit for conservation, but unfortunately, some were in a state of total ruin because of their architectural quality and because of lack of attention over the years. Nevertheless, our work in these areas has already made its mark, and we hope to put conservation firmly on the agenda of the councils and communities, as an integral part of development.
Director, Minorities District