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Ein al Hilweh and Umm Jamal: Facts on the Ground

Regavim welcomes the new, even-handed  application of “delimitation orders” by the Civil Administration. For nearly 15 years, these orders were used exclusively against Jewish settlers – until two years ago, when Regavim’s petition to the High Court against this discriminatory, racist application of the law led to its amendment. Read More »

In-Depth Jpost article explains situation in the Negev

Following a Regavim air-tour of the Negev given to Jerusalem Post columnist and editor Seth Frantzman, and a video he put together documenting his experience, Frantzman then wrote a detailed article for the paper explaining the situation in regard to the Bedouin housing crisis.   Here is the link to his in-depth article.   Read More »

Jerusalem Post Tours the Negev By Air with Regavim

The The Jerusalem Post / JPost.com‘s op-ed editor, columnist, and reporter Seth J. Frantzman wrote in detail about his experience visiting the Negev by land and by air with Regavim. Included in the post is the video below, which he put together from his seat on a small plane above the Be’er Sheva area, where he saw firsthand the expansive illegal building in ... Read More »

Explaining Why Order is Needed in the Negev (audio)

Listen to a radio interview on the Land of Israel Radio Network with Regavim’s Meir Deutsch on the organization’s new policy paper and campaign on the need for Israel to restore law and order in the Negev when it comes to Bedouin settlement. Click here to LISTEN Read More »

Bedouin lives could be improved if anti-Israel radicals ignored

Below is an important article in the weekend The Jerusalem Post / JPost.com by David M. Weinberg on how Arab MK’s, anti-Israel activists, EU officials and others are stirring up the Bedouin in the Negev. These entities are discouraging the Bedouin from taking any deals from the government, no matter how generous, on re-settling those living in illegal communities into ... Read More »

The truth about Umm Al-Hiran and Hiran

Please read this important Jerusalem Post column by Regavim Senior Adviser Ari Briggs debunking the media’s myth that #Israel is demolishing the Bedouin “village” of Umm Al-Hiran to replace it with a “Jewish” town called Hiran. The fact is that Hiran is open to Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bedouins or anyone else who wants to buy there. For those Bedouin who ... Read More »

Myth #5 – Government Budgets discriminate?

“The Bedouin sector is the poorest among Israeli society; Bedouin local authorities are ranked at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder in Israel.” For years we have heard complaints from the Bedouin and leftist organizations about discrimination and bias on the part of the state. Take for example the claim of Professor Ismail Abu Sa’ad from the Ben Gurion University ... Read More »

Bedouin Myth #4 – Are the Bedouin neglected by the State in terms of building rights.

The Israeli Justice system describes the crisis of illegal construction as a “blow to the nation.” Different estimates gauge some 100,000 illegally constructed structures throughout the country. The illegal construction of the Bedouin takes up a sizable portion of this crisis. As of the end of 2012 the number of illegal structures by the Bedouin is estimated at some 65,000 ... Read More »

BEDOUIN MYTH #3 – Are there only 45 unrecognised villages?

Another myth speaks of the existence of only 45 villages where tens of thousands of people live. Their present tactic is to claim that the Negev is a huge territory and “all we are talking about is the recognition of only 45 villages,” as stated in a position paper circulated by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) , ... Read More »