Together with 22 other civil society organizations, we sent an urgent letter to the Attorney General, Mr. Avichai Mandelblit demanding to stop the demolition of structures and plowing of fields in the Negev during the COVID-19 crisis. To read the letter in Hebrew please click here
On March 2020 and as a response to the urgent letter sent to the Israeli Attorney General, the Ministry of Justice committed to the following:
A. Existing structures for residential purposes will not be demolished;
B. The serving of administrative demolition orders will be reduced – orders will only be issued in relation to new
construction (which includes any minor renovations/construction to the home);
C. The serving of warnings and notices will be minimized,
D. The National Unit for Enforcing Planning and Construction Laws will reduce its direct contact with the population
Despite the General Attorney’s commitment to freeze demolitions during the pandemic, demolition of structures and plowing of fields continued during 2020, reaching 2,581 structures.