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MK Aida Touma-Suleiman cancels Knesset Committee hearing on polygamy

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MK Aida Touma-Suleiman (United Arab List), Chair of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, canceled today’s scheduled hearing on polygamy in the Bedouin sector: “At this very moment, land is being stolen in the Negev.” Three MKs who initiated the hearing requested a short delay: MK Amichai Chikli was participating […]

Agricultural crime: 14 Knesset hearings of ‘same old’ – but this time could be different

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Last week, we participated in a Public Security Committee hearing in the Knesset about agricultural crime. Regavim’s Director General, Meir Deutsch, presented the Committee with Regavim’s multifaceted plan to combat the issue. In his opening remarks, Deutsch shared with chairwoman MK Merav Ben Ari that this was the 14th (!) meeting about agricultural crime in […]

Battling in the Knesset to save the Negev

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Today, we participated in an emergency meeting organized by the Land of Israel Caucus in the Knesset to demand security and safety for the Negev. Meir Deutsch, Regavim’s Director General, spoke to the Members of Knesset about the Negev predicament, and explained why Bedouin settlements that have been legalized are, in effect, still squatter camps. […]

Field tour in the Negev for Knesset Land of Israel Caucus

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Today (Thursday), we held a field tour in the Negev for Members of Knesset from the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus. We discussed the complex topic of the illegal squatter camps in the Negev and its consequences for the State of Israel. Participants in the field tour included: MKs Yoav Kisch, Orit Strouk, Amir Ohana, […]

Regavim in the Knesset: next outbreak of violence a matter of time

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Today (26 May) we participated in an emergency Knesset hearing to discuss the explosion of lawlessness throughout Israel in recent weeks. The hearing, organized by Regavim and MK Amichai Chikli of Yemina, was attended by many Members of Knesset, local leaders, civil organizations, and residents of mixed cities. In his remarks, Meir Deutsch, Regavim’s Director […]

Judicial Reform – Resource Page

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A selection of sources in English explaining and defending the proposed judicial reforms in Israel: A short explanation on how the judicial reforms in progress will address the anomalies of the Israeli system and bring Israel closer to the rest of the Western democracies. Video produced by the Kohelet Forum. ** In Regavim’s 2018 “Measure […]

“A Moment of Truth:” Edelstein and Danon at Khan al Ahmar

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This morning (Monday), Likud MKs Danny Danon and Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein joined the Regvaim Movement and the Jerusalem Environs Forum – and faced by a pro-Palestinian demonstration. Regavim: “The question isn’t whether or not, but how and when the outpost will be evacuated.” The deadline for the state’s response in the Khan al Ahmar case […]

Gas prices going up? Not for everyone

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While the cost to fill up your car continues to rise, there are those living in a parallel universe – in Bedouistan. For many years, Regavim has been sounding the alarm bells about the phenomenon of dozens of illegal gas stations that are scattered throughout the Negev. Even when Police forces manage to shut one […]

The Sde Boker Initiative: a vision for the Negev 2050

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To mark the 49th anniversary of the passing of David Ben-Gurion, we launched our “Sde Boker Initiative.” This comprehensive roadmap for the future of the Negev is the result of 16 years of fieldwork, analysis, legal research and activism that have enabled us to formulate a vision for the future, looking ahead to 2050 through the […]

Preview: “The Vanishing Negev” report

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Our most recent report, currently being translated into English, is an in-depth, up-to-date study of land use policy in the Negev, offering a comprehensive survey of the history and land ownership claims of the Negev Bedouin community, settlement and regulation efforts and the current realities created by illegal construction and more. This report offers multi-disciplinary […]

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