Although the end of November and winter are coming in smaller steps than ever, the rain that has begun to drip in recent weeks has managed to provoke an extraordinary civic initiative. Every morning, around 06:20, the residents of Julis gather at the “Central Station” located at the entrance to the village. Men, women, the elderly, pupils, students and security forces are waiting in the morning at the bus stop on their way to start their daily routine, except that the station is crowded. It is too small, exposed to rain in winter and the strong sun of summer. Osama’s post that propelled the project:
Osama Nabuani, a 44-year-old resident of the village and the father of two sons, bounces his eldest son to the bus stop every morning on his way to the “Reali” school in Haifa. While there was no specific trigger that ignited the spirit of Nabuani’s work, but when he saw winter approaching he decided to pick up the gauntlet. Last week a prophet posted on his Facebook page a call to local authorities in order to draw the public’s attention and declared: “I am a simple citizen. And a simple citizen announces: next week there will be a proper bus stop here. If the authority does not build – I will build it myself!”. Construction work on the new bus station:
Nabuani’s post went viral on the Internet and reached many of the villagers, but was unable to activate the authority to take actual action. Six days have passed since the post was published and it seemed that the local authority did not intend to intervene. Without thinking twice the villager, who has been involved in setting up projects for government institutions for years, took the task with both hands and decided to set up the station entirely on his own.
In an interview with Maariv Nabuani, he said that as soon as he saw the collective need of his friends for the village, he knew what he had to do. “I turned to the authorities, I offered my help in matters of bureaucracy, budgets or construction procedures, but each time the answer was that there is no answer. It is true that we are a periphery but the residents here want to live 2021 and not the 70s,” he explained. According to him, when his attempts before the council failed, he turned to the relevant parties with whom he worked as part of his job and together they joined forces to establish the station.
All the professionals, under the direction of Nabuani, concentrated one after the other in the yard of his house with the aim of setting up the station from scratch. First an iron skeleton made by the welder, then the installation of high-quality wooden rods that were specially engineered to prevent water from penetrating, and finally the paint and sealing work of the roof. Yesterday (Tuesday) when the bus station was already standing as a finished product in the yard of the project founder’s house, a large crane arrived that hoisted the station from the house to its designated place, where it was connected to the sidewalk according to the required standard.
“Already we have installed the station many residents who passed in the area beeped at us, cheered and thanked us for the initiative. Some were even angry that I did not share them in the action because they wanted to take part,” Nabuani said proudly. And so, this morning all the public transport users were already standing at the new station and enjoying proper seating and shelter.
In a prophetic interview, he said that a response had not yet arrived from the local authority, but he feared that danger was hovering over the head of the new station. “This is a public gesture that came to serve us all and I think this is the place to put the ego aside and keep the station as it is. I would be happy for the authority to look into the issue in depth and see that the station is normal and comes to serve us all,” he told Maariv.
The bureaucracy is complicated and cumbersome, it is no secret, but the priority of every head of authority should be the good of the residents. But despite the difficulties and the need to fight with the establishment, Nabuani wanted to leave an optimistic and inspiring message: “We should be compassionate and each of us should see how he gives of himself to others. I wish we would always be on the giving side and hope for mutual guarantee among all Israeli citizens.”
Source: Maariv.co.il – חדשות מהארץ והעולם by www.maariv.co.il.
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