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House Demolitions

The Bedouin community in the Negev/Nagab is subjected to an ongoing State policy of house and structure demolitions. State demolition of Bedouin homes can be traced to the Israeli Planning and Building Law – 1965.

In 1948, on the eve of the establishment of the State of Israel, about 65,000 to 100,000 Bedouin lived in the Negev/Naqab region, currently the southern part of Israel. Following the 1948 war, the State began an ongoing process of eviction of the Bedouin from their dwellings. At the end of the 48 war, only 11,000 Bedouin people remained in the Negev/Naqab, while most of the community fled or was expelled to Jordan and Egypt, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula. During the early 1950’s and until 1966, the State of Israel concentrated the Bedouin people in a closed zone known by the name ‘al-Siyāj’ (سياج) under military administration.

The Planning and Building Law led to the classification of most of the Siyāj area as agricultural land. As a result, from the moment the law came into effect, every house built in this area was defined as illegal and all of the houses and structures already standing in the area, were retroactively declared as illegal. In 1966, with the end of the military regime, the urbanization process which the State began to plan in the 1950’s, was set in motion. The State established seven Bedouin townships, most of them within the Siyāj area, promising the residents modern services in exchange for relocation to the urbanized areas. At the same time, the Israeli policy toward the Bedouin community focused on the effort to concentrate the entire population in these seven townships. Since 1999, the State of Israel, in various government decisions, has recognized 11 of the unrecognized villages in the Negev/Naqab.

While these decisions ostensibly constituted a significant change from the previous policy under which the only option for the Bedouin population was forced urbanization, in practice, some 20 years later, there is no significant difference between the recognized villages and those which remain unrecognized. In most of the recognized villages there are no detailed urban plans, so that the residents cannot obtain building permits, the demolition policy continues, and basic infrastructures of water, electricity, sewage and roads are either non-existent or lacking.

NCF publishes its annual “House Demolition Policy” report every year. For the 2019 report, based on data collected in 2018 click here

 


Record of House Demolitions and Crop Destruction, 2019 – 

  • 16.10 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (162). 
  • 26.9 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (161). 
  • 2.9 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (157). 
  • 29.8 –  al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (156). 
  • 27.8 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (155). 
  • 22.8 – Ẓḥayyih, a Bedouin village north of Rahat. One house was demolished.
  • 21.8 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (153). 
  • 7.8 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (151). 
  • 6.8 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (150).
  • 5.8 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (149).
  • 1.8 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (148).
  • 25.7 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (147).
  • 22.7 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (146).
  • 27.6 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished (145). 
  • 15.6 – az-Zarnūg, a Bedouin village near Segev Shalom. One house was demolished. 
  • 30 May – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished. The authorities also turned the land near the cemetery and confiscated possessions. 
  • May 14 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 142 time.
  • April 17 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 141 time.
  • April 15 – ʿAwajān, an unrecognized Bedouin village north of Route 40. One house was demolished by its owners. 
  • April 10 – Tal as-Sabaʿ, a government planned township. Two houses were demolished by authorities. 
  • April 10 – al-Lagiyyih, a government planned township. One house was demolished by authorities. 
  • March 20 – al-Bāṭil, an unrecognized Bedouin village south of Rahat. An entire compound was demolished ((six houses of al Ataika family). 
  • March 6 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 140th time.
  • February 14 – Umm Batīn, a recognized Bedouin village east of Tal as-Saba. Fields were plowed, and crops were destroyed.
  • February 7 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 139 time.
  • February 7 – Umm Nmīlah, an historic Bedouin village north of Rahat. The access road was destroyed.
  • January 10 – al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 138 time.

House demolitions archive

Record of House Demolitions and Crop Destruction 2018

Full list of demolitions of al-ʿArāgīb since 2010

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2017

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2016

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2015

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2014

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2013

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2012

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2011

House demolitions and crop destruction archive – 2010

Demolitions

16-10-19 - al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 162 time.

26-09-19 - al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 161 time.

All Demolitions