Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality
פורום דו-קיום בנגב לשוויון אזרחי
منتدى التعايش السلمي في النقب من أجل المساواة المدنية

Newsletter – March-April 2023 

Dear diplomats and representatives,

Our hopes that the new Israeli government will carry out and promote the five-year plan for the development of the Bedouin population in the Negev and promote the development of the infrastructure and services of those villages that the last government recognized have been dashed.
In place of infrastructure development, the Bedouin communities in the Negev/Naqab are subject to ever-increasing home demolitions, fed by utilizing hi-tech cyber equipment to scan vast areas that enable the issuance of hundreds of demolition orders at a time.
Last week the Bedouins from the Negev/Naqab, along with Arab and Jewish supporters from both the Negev and other regions of Israel, held a mass protest demanding equal rights, a place at the table in every instance of planning involving their communities, and against the unacceptable practice of mass home demolitions.
We thank you for your continuing interest and support.

Yours sincerely,

Haia Noach
Executive Director
Negev Coexistence Forum


Updates from the field

Last week we published the data concerning home demolitions in 2022 in the Negev. 2745 structures were demolished in 2022, a 5% decline compared to 2020, which was a record year with 3004 structures that were demolished. This is still an extremely high number of building demolitions, and apparently also of the number of house demolitions which grew to more than 700 homes.

In recent weeks the Government’s enforcement policy has intensified significantly.
Acts of destruction and oppression follow one after another at an ever-increasing pace:

  • A little over a month ago, the Keren Kayemet Layisrael (KKL) began preparing many tracts in the region of Bīr al-Ḥamām for afforestation. This activity has only one goal – to ensure that the lands can never be used for the growing needs of the villages located near them, neither in the present nor in the future. Before the planting, hundreds of dunams of fields in which barley was sown to provide feed for animals were plowed under.
  • In the following weeks, demolition orders were issued in Bīr Haddāj, a village that was recognized more than 20 years ago.
  • Approximately 450 warnings before demolition were distributed within a few days (19.2 – 22.2). This is the largest single number of notifications ever distributed in the Negev, and perhaps in Israel, since the establishment of the State! The authorities even boasted about new hi-tech cyber equipment produced by Rafael, that enables them to screen an area of one million dunams and issue hundreds of demolition orders. The demolition orders were directed toward homes and structures such as: livestock pens, fences, and sheep enclosures.
  • In the same week, on 22.2.23, 7 houses of the Al H’ol family were destroyed as part of ‘enforcement promoting regulation’ in the region of ʿArʿarah. As a result, approximately 80 family members were left homeless.
  • A week later, on 5.3.23, eight tractors plowed fields over a large area in the village of Saʿwah so as to destroy the field crops that the Bedouins managed to grow with great difficulty to feed their livestock on arid lands without any water.
  • Plowing under of hundreds of dunams in Saʿwah took place on 5.3.2023.
  • And on 8.3.23, 4 homes were destroyed in Saʿwah, one house in the village of al-Bāṭ, two houses in Bīr Haddāj, and the next day one more house in Saʿwah.

Last Thursday, 9.3.23, a demonstration protesting the home demolitions, organized by the Steering Committee of the  Arabs in the Negev, the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages and Heads of Arab Municipalities in the Negev, took place in the Government Compound in Beer Sheva with approximately 1000 participants, Arabs, and Jews.


The tension between the Bedouin community and the State is evident within the community, and the tension between the community and the authorities is being felt. In preparation for the approaching Ramadan, we recommend to the Prime Minister and his staff to immediately stop the demolition of houses and the distribution of demolition and plowing orders, in order to avoid an inevitable conflict with the Bedouin population in the Negev / Naqab. Building a joint society in the Negev cannot be done while excluding the Bedouin community and at its expense. Only distributive justice, on an equal basis, and the development of the two communities that live here together will be sustainable.


In accordance with the law, the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality is proud to note that as a result of cooperation with friendly countries and international organizations that promote human rights, most of the funding for our activities comes from “foreign entities.”


28-08-23 - Tal ʿArād is an unrecognized village located north-west of the Jewish town Arad. Several buildings were demolished. Minister Ben Gvri was present and called the demolitions "a sacred Work".

23-08-23 - Rahat is a Bedouin township. Several buildings were demolished today

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