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House Demolitions

The Bedouin community in the Negev-Nagab is subjected to an ongoing state policy of house demolition. State demolition of Bedouin houses can be traced to the Israeli Planning and Construction Law of 1965. In the wake of this legislation, various planning bodies defined land uses throughout Israel. The entire region containing the unrecognized villages was demarcated exclusively for agriculture, that is, not for residential use. Despite the land having been inhabited for years, all of the houses located in these villages were retroactively deemed illegal. Far from sufficient to meet the needs of the broader Bedouin population, the seven governmental planned towns established by Israel are already unable to accommodate their own natural growth. Government decisions in the past ten years, including the recognition of 11 villages, have likewise failed to remedy the Bedouin housing crisis. In practice, most of the newly recognized villages lack detailed outline plans; houses that existed prior to official recognition are still deemed illegal. Indeed, only a small number of construction permits have thus far been issued in these villages.

NCF publishes its annual “House Demolition Policy” report every year. For the 2018 report click here


Record of House Demolitions and Crop Destruction, 2019 – 

  • 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

14-05-19 - al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 142 time.

17-04-19 - al-ʿArāgīb, a Bedouin village west of Route 40. The entire village was demolished for the 141 time.

All Demolitions