In the course of 2017, an unprecedented amount of 2,220 structures were demolished in the Bedouin communities in the Negev/Naqab – an unfathomable number. The policy of house demolitions is a violent and aggressive policy that does not build trust between the citizens and the state and cannot offer alternative solutions to the 80,000 citizens living in the unrecognized villages.
The report presents updated data on the demolition policy among the Bedouin villages in the Negev/Naqab and the various trends in this policy that occurred in 2017. In addition, reference is made to the new regulations of the Planning and Construction Law and the Criminal Law, which were set in place following the Kaminitz Report and intended to toughen enforcement measures and intensify economic sanctions for building offenses. The report then goes on to describe the various enforcement authorities operating in the Negev/Naqab and the close relations between them and the development authorities. Finally, the report presents the link between the enforcement authorities’ presence in the field and the various actions that led to the dramatic increase in the number of demolitions, mainly carried out by the structures owners themselves.