• House Demolitions in the Negev

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House Demolitions


House demolitions in the Negev

One of the principle means by which the Israeli government coerces the residents of unrecognized villages to abandon their land and relocate to government-planned towns is by not providing an avenue for authorized construction within their villages and demolishing houses.

The government issues demolition orders on houses that were built without permits. Then, among the houses which receive such demolition orders, government officials choose at random which homes will be demolished. The home owner lives in uncertainty, never knowing if his house will be next, or when the bulldozers will finally appear. Most often, a family’s property is destroyed when a home is demolished because residents are rarely given enough time to retrieve their belongings.

In 2003, General Director of the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Mordecai Mordecai, provided the following details concerning the policy of home demolitions: In 2002, out of an estimated 30,000 illegal structures (with a further 1,500 houses being built annually without permits), 113 houses were demolished and another 323 lawsuits were served to owners of houses deemed illegal. In 2003, 157 houses were demolished in unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev. By the end of June 2004, 67 houses were demolished.

Since 2005, the number of house demolitions taking place each year in the Negev has risen, and in 2009, a total of 254 homes were destroyed. In February 2010, the situation become even more dire, as the Ministry of Interior, the Israel Lands Administration and the Israeli Police’s Southern District jointly resolved to triple the rate of house demolitions in unrecognized Bedouin villages.

This indicates the Israeli government’s intention of carrying out an unwritten policy: destroying all Bedouin villages in the Negev.

Record of House Demolitions and Crop Destruction, 2014

  • April 9 – A-Za’arura, Bedouin unrecognized village east of Kseife, two houses were demolished.
  • April 9 – Kseife, Bedouin town, one house was demolished.
  • April 9 – Abu Krinat, Bedouin recognized village south west of Aroer junction, one house was demolished.
  • April 9 – Umm Batin, Bedouin recognized village east of Tel-Sheva, one house was demolished.
  • April 9 – Al-Arakib, Bedouin unrecognized village west of route 40 between Lehavim and Goral junctions, the village was demolished for the 62nd time.
  • April 2 – A-Zarnuk, Bedouin unrecognized village north of route 25, one house was demolished.
  • April 2 – Khirbat Alwatan, Bedouin unrecognized village south west of Hura, one house was demolished.
  • March 20 – A-Za’arura, Bedouin unrecognized village east of Kseife, one house was demolished.
  • March 12 - Al-Arakib, Bedouin unrecognized village west of route 40 between Lehavim and Goral junctions, shacks were demolished for the 61 time.
  • March 12 – D’hiye, Bedouin unrecognized village north of Rahat, one fence was demolished.
  • March 12 – A-Za’arura, Bedouin unrecognized village east of Kseife, one house and one house floor were demolished.
  • March 6 – Awajan, Bedouin unrecognized village west of Lakiya, one house was demolished.
  • March 5 – A-Za’arura, Bedouin unrecognized village east of Kseife, one house floor was demolished and a nearby house was damaged during the demolition.
  • March 5 – Al-Mtaher, Bedouin unrecognized village south of Kseife, one house floor was demolished.
  • March 5 – Wadi A-Na’am, Bedouin unrecognized village near Ramat Hovav, one house was demolished.
  • March 5 – Kuhle, Bedouin recognized north of Kseife, one house was demolished.
  • March 3 – Abdeh, Bedouin unrecognized village north of Ovdat, fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • March 3 – Wadi Al-Meshash, Bedouin unrecognized village south of Ramat Hovav, fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • February 27 – Umm Namila, Bedouin unrecognized village north of Rahat, one structure was demolished.
  • February 26 – Umm Batin, Bedouin recognized village east of Tel Sheva, one shack and one one fence were demolished.
  • February 26 – Kuhle, Bedouin recognized village north of route 31, one house was demolished.
  • February 26 – Tel Sheva, governmental planned town, one shack was demolished.
  • February 13 – Al-Arakib, Bedouin unrecognized village west of route 40 between Lehavim and Goral junctions, shacks were demolished for the 60 time.
  • February 12 – Umm Batin, Bedouin recognized village east of Tel-Sheva, fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • February 11 – Wadi Al-Na’am , Bedouin unrecognized village near Ramat Hovav,  fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • February 10 – Tel Arad, Bedouin unrecognized village north of route 31,  fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • February 10 – Katamat, Bedouin unrecognized village east of route 80,  fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • February 5 – D’hiye, Bedouin unrecognized village , north of Rahat,  fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed.
  • February 5 – Awajan, Bedouin unrecognized village, east of Lakiya, fields were plaughed and crops were destroyed in the .
  • February 3 – Tel-Sheva, governmental planned town, one house was demolished.
  • February 3 – Bir Al-Meshash, unrecognized village north of route 25, one house was demolished.
  • February 3 – Rahame, unrecognized village near Yeruham, one house was demolished.
  • February 3 – A-Sir, unrecognized village south of Be’er-Sheva, One house was demolished.
  • February 3 – Rahat, governmental planned city, one Shack was demolished.
  • January 30 – Sawa, unrecognized village south of Hura, north of route 31, one house was demolished.
  • January 20 – Al-Arakib, Bedouin unrecognized village west of route 40 between Lehavim and Goral junctions, shacks were demolished for the 59 time.
  •  January 15 – Wadi Al-Na’am, Bedouin unrecognized village near Ramat Hovav, one house was demolished.
  •  January 2 – Wadi Al-Na’am, Bedouin unrecognized village near Ramat Hovav, 3 houses were demolished.

House demolitions archive

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2013

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2012

Home demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2011

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2010

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – since 2001