Battle for Area C

High Court to Government on Khan al Ahmar: Enough is Enough

This afternoon (Wednesday) the High Court of Justice granted the government yet another extension, requiring a response to Regavim’s petition by 5 September 2021 – but stressed that this would be the last time. The most recent round in the Khan al Ahmar case – the sixth petition by the Regavim Movement demanding the evacuation […]

A “change government”?

Following Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s announcement today (Sunday) that a formal request has been made to postpone the evacuation of Khan al Ahmar, Regavim calls upon Prime Minister Bennett: Pull yourself together and demonstrate who is really the head of this government. Evacuate Khan al Ahmar today. Did someone say “government of change?” In all […]

Illegal construction continues while the authorities play ping-pong

We’ve often mentioned the “Order for Demolition of New Structures” – legislation from 2018 that was approved by the High Court in recent rulings. On paper, the legislation empowers the demolition of new, illegal structures in Judea and Samaria within 96 hours. However, since the legislation was passed, the Civil Administration has rarely used the […]

Khirbet Humsa: The Truth

When you repeat a lie so many times, it becomes the accepted truth. That’s a tactic the international media and left-wing NGOs have been implementing in the last few days. They’ve been making a lot of noise about a Bedouin ‘village’ in the Jordan Valley that was torn down by Israel — again. For the […]

With legal procedures exhausted, Regavim demands: protect the Herodion!

For over three years, Regavim has been involved in a legal battle over an illegal school built right next to the Herodion, probably one of Israel’s most important historical sites.   Back in 2018, we petitioned the High Court of Justice against the Civil Administration as the new school was allowed to spring up without […]

Only after Regavim’s High Court petition: demolition of illegal structure at archaeological site

Following a petition we filed to the High Court of Justice against the Civil Administration, an illegal structure at an archaeological site in Samaria was removed. The CA was also charged with the expenses of the legal process. A few months ago, we noticed an Arab invasion of Israeli state land at Khirbet Khurkosh, an […]

Something is Sinking, and It’s Not Just the Dead Sea

Fake News and Antisemitism in European and World Media A recently-aired episode of  ABC Australia’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ program titled ‘The Sinking Sea‘ presented visually stunning images that conveyed a sense of loss for a major geographic feature of the Middle Eastern landscape. The video documentary by Eric Tlozek, outgoing ABC Middle East correspondent, focusee on the […]

Regavim unfairly hit with ₪10,000 fine imposed by Court

We’ve been in the business of protecting Israel’s land resources for many years, but this episode is something we’ve never encountered before. In one of our recent legal cases, the Jerusalem District Court accepted the Civil Administration’s narrative, despite its neglectful conduct, and decided to hit Regavim with a 10,000 shekels fine! Let’s start from […]

#BattleforAreaC in numbers

We often discuss the issue of the illegal takeover of Area C, the area of Judea and Samaria under Israeli jurisdiction. Let’s break it down into numbers. Illegal Palestinian structures, built in Area C without permits:2009: 29,7842018: 58,4352020: 65,572 According to official data, every year the Civil Administration tears down between 200-250 structures. So even […]

Illegal ‘Central Bus Station’ cleared

Recently, we exposed, along with journalist Lia Spilkin that a huge number of old Egged buses were sold to an illegal junkyard. Since the operation of the junkyard was carried out without supervision, ignoring all regulations and requirements, the environmental damage was huge, and old vehicle parts found their way onto the black market. Egged […]

Response to EU claim that it’s an honest broker in Israel-Palestinian arena

Recently we were hosted by The Israel Connexion on J-AIR Community Radio to discuss EU-Israel relations, together with Peter Stano, spokesperson for the European External Action Service – EEAS. Mr Stano reiterated the EU’s official position that supports a two-state ‘solution’ through bilateral negotiations. He also claimed that the European Union is not engaged in […]

Regavim petitions High Court of Justice: Remove Palestinian encroachment from state land near Ariel

The State of Israel enacted an effective enforcement order to fight the Palestinian takeover of Judea and Samaria, but the Civil Administration has refrained from using it – despite the approval of the High Court of Justice. Now, the Regavim Movement and the Samaria Regional Council have submitted a High Court petition demanding that the […]

How the Palestinian Authority connects illegal outposts in Area C to villages in Area B

The Squatters’ Highway: How the PA connects illegal encampments in Area C to the villages of Area B The Palestinian Authority has blazed a new illegal trail through the Jordan Valley, connecting the towns of Taysir and Tubas in Area B to its network of illegal outposts in Area C. Regavim: “The Palestinian Authority continues […]

EU-funded school in the Jordan Valley: part of Palestinian annexation

Under the radar: Palestinian Authority builds a new illegal school in a Jordan Valley nature reserve Over the past several weeks, the Palestinian Authority built a new illegal school at Hamam al Maliakh, in the Bazak Nature Reserve in the Jordan Valley. Regavim: “The PA builds, the EU funds, and the State of Israel ignores.” […]

PA ‘celebrated’ Passover with illegal construction blitz in Area C

The Palestinian Authority (PA) took advantage of the Passover holiday recess for large-scale illegal construction, including sites already under court-issued work-stop orders. Regavim: “This pattern repeats itself over each holiday, and the Israeli authorities continue to do nothing to prevent it.” While Israelis enjoyed the week-long Passover holiday, the PA used the Civil Administration’s vacation […]

Who’s providing illegal construction in Area C?

Freedom of Information Petition: Who is providing electricity to illegal Palestinian construction? The Regavim Movement has petitioned the Jerusalem District Court, after the Civil Administration refused to provide data on the extent of electricity connections apparently supplied by the East Jerusalem Electric Company, an Israeli subsidiary of the Israel Electric Company which is subject to […]

“Khirbet Humsa”: the truth

There’s been a tremendous amount of “chatter” recently – including governments condemning Israel and members of the US Congress referring to “ethnic cleansing” and serious crimes” committed by Israel in the case of Khurbet Humsa. Although Regavim was not involved in this case, here are some facts to give you a more accurate picture of […]

Debunking the lies about Training Ground 918

This week, the IDF held a military exercise that began in the Negev in Biq’at Arad and ended in Training Ground 918 in the South Hebron Hills. Shouldn’t be much of a big deal, right? Well, far-left organizations such as B’Tselem pounced on this opportunity to attack the IDF, claiming that the drills were held […]

Mt. Trashmore: A permanent fixture in Binyamin?

At the largest illegal dump in Judea and Samaria, untreated waste continues to pollute the entire ecosystem – and no indictments are in sight. Under cover of the first corona shutdown, the Ramallah Municipality dumped thousands of truckloads of untreated refuse into an abandoned quarry at the headwaters of Nahal Makoch. The Civil Administration admits: […]

Palestinian Tu B’Shvat celebrations in full bloom – near Rosh HaAyin

Yesterday (Sunday 24 January), the Palestinian Authority planted thousands of trees on Israeli state land, in an IDF firing zone. Participating in the event were armed Palestinian Police. Regavim: “While they’re establishing facts on the ground, the Israeli authorities are in winter hibernation.” The Palestinian Authority held a ceremony yesterday (Sunday), planting some 2000 olive […]

State given additional extension to update court on failure to evacuate Khan Al-Ahmar

The High Court of Justice on Sunday (30 November) granted the state can another additional extension and postponed proceedings regarding the evacuation of the illegal Arab outpost of Khan al Ahmar until July 2021. In it seventh hearing on Khan al Ahmar following a petition submitted by the Regavim Movement, the court granted the state […]

600 PA employees engaged in land registration of Area C

Brigadier General Ghassan Alian, Commander of the IDF’s Civil Administration, said at a hearing in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the Palestinian Authority (PA) employs hundreds of people to register real estate in Judea and Samaria – including in Area C, which is under full Israeli control, while the Civil Administration has only […]

Schools and the #BattleforAreaC

In 2009, then-Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad unveiled his plan for the creation of a Palestinian state. Ever since, driven by European funding and the cynical use of the most vulnerable members of society as pawns, the PA has illegally created facts on the ground. While the Israeli government has failed to meet this challenge, the PA […]

Illegal Palestinian school built overnight in Jordan Valley

One more illegal school joins the rapidly growing roster of similar structures built by the Palestinian Authority at lightning speed. The newest to join the ranks is an illegal school built overnight – literally – in the Jordan Valley. Regavim, meanwhile, is clear about the problem: “While the Israeli government chatters about sovereignty in the […]

Palestinians seized 30% of Israeli land in Judea & Samaria

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee has been told that the Palestinians have taken over large swaths of Israeli-controlled land in Judea and Samaria while authorities dither on what action to take, Makor Rishon reported Monday. Testifying before the committee, a representative of the pro-settlement Regavim presented mapping data they collected that does not correspond to […]

It’s the largest quarry in Israel – and it’s illegal

The Regavim Movement recently petitioned the Jerusalem District Court against the continued operation of the Beit Fajar quarry in eastern Gush Etzion. The quarry currently spans some 1,500 dunams (1.5 km2) – hundreds of dunams of which are registered state land – and continues to cause irreversible ecological and environmental damage. Approximately one third of […]

How the PA builds on Israeli nature reserves

Many people submitted a petition in the Jerusalem District Court Wednesday against the Palestinian Authority, which built an illegal school within the Nahal Mahoch Nature Reserve, on state land. The petition was filed in parallel with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett’s announcement this morning that he would create seven new nature reserves in Judea and Samaria. The site […]

Khan al-Ahmar: The gift that keeps on giving

For 10 years, the illegal Bedouin outpost of Khan al-Ahmar has been undermining Israel’s rule of law, making a mockery of Israeli sovereignty, enabling the Palestinian Authority to carry out the Fayyad Plan for the establishment of a de facto state on Israeli-controlled sections of Judea and Samaria and galvanizing a coalition of anti-Israel NGOs […]

Arab City Growing in the Judean Desert – on IDF Training Ground 917

The State admits: Illegal construction for Arabs was whitewashed– but policy has changed In the course of a High Court of Justice hearing on  Regavim’s petition against the illegal Arab city growing in the Judean Desert, the State’s attorney admitted that in the past Arabs had been allowed to build without permits or planning approval. […]

Illegal and dangerous: construction in IDF Training Grounds 917 & 918

IDF Firing Zones 917 and 918 are situated in a strategic area in the South Hebron Hills, a region that connects Israel’s eastern flank to the Negev and the Dead Sea. For the past few years, a massive take-over of land in this area has been underway, and we at Regavim have made a major […]

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