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Hebrew Language Media

This year, more than 700 media items, covering breaking news and stories we promoted, appeared in Israeli and foreign media, alongside hundreds of additional quotes of Regavim’s analysis and opinions on a wide range of topics. On our Facebook page, which serves as an interactive platform and a means for reporting illegal construction, environmental abuse and more, we published over ... Read More »

The International Division

This year, Regavim’s International Division faced challenges on numerous fronts: the corona pandemic, Israel’s volatile political atmosphere, unprecedented turmoil in the American political system, and unanticipated developments in European and Arab international relations. Despite the very severe limitations to international travel, we managed to maintain an impressive level of international activity and exposure in major media outlets worldwide, resulting in ... Read More »

Policy and Legislation Division

This past year was shaped by deep political crisis as well as the corona crisis. Nonetheless, in 2020 we participated in more than 20 Knesset committee hearings, many of them initiated by Regavim. These deliberations examined many of the items at the top of Regavim’s agenda, including the territorial and legal aspects of the battle for Area C, land-use policy ... Read More »

Preserving the Eternal

In 2020, the “Preserving the Eternal” Project assumed a central role and its intensive activity has already begun to have a major impact on the ground. Regavim assisted in building the organizational, strategic and operational framework, and helped the fledgling organization establish collaborative relationships with relevant bodies. Now that the project has established a firm grounding and is up and ... Read More »

Field Division

Mapping Project: The Arad Region The illegal encampments of the Negev are largely concentrated in the triangle created by the Arad-Beer Sheva and Beer Sheva-Dimona highways. In recent years we have documented significant expansion beyond this triangle, resulting in a gradual spillover into the area east of Arad. To facilitate legal action against these new illegal encampments, our field team ... Read More »

Read more about new petitions we filed this year

Freedom of Information Petition: Illegal siphoning of electricity and water in the Negev We followed up on some disturbing information we received regarding illegal water and electricity hook-ups to state-sponsored schools in the Negev, and began to collect and compare usage data for all of the regional councils in the Negev – Jewish and Bedouin – to illustrate the costs ... Read More »

Other items on Regavim’s 2020 agenda

Palestinian Authority Schools in Area C In the past decade, the Palestinian Authority has built dozens of illegal schools as part of a systematic program to seize control of the open spaces of Area C. These schools are built virtually overnight in the final weeks of the summer recess, and children are seated at their desks in early September. Once ... Read More »

The Negev Challenge

In the last quarter of 2020, we launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the extent of illegal construction and the general atmosphere of lawlessness in the Negev. We anchored the campaign on new, in-depth research and mapping, aided by high-tech tools, to track the expansion of illegal construction over the past 15 years. Our research proves that the ... Read More »

Blocking the Repeal of the Kaminitz Law

Over the past year we continued the fight for Amendment 116 of Israel’s Planning and Construction Code, known as the Kaminitz Law – crucial legislation which Regavim was instrumental in formulating. The Kaminitz Law led to vastly improved enforcement against illegal construction: According to Ministry of Justice data, illegal construction starts were reduced by over 50%! In 2020’s recurring elections ... Read More »

Promoting Land Regulation in Judea and Samaria

After the liberation of Judea and Samaria in 1967, the IDF suspended the process of land registration and regulation that had been initiated by the Jordanians and continued by the British mandatory government. As a stop-gap replacement for this process, the IDF instituted a system of “declaration of ownership” for state land. The fact that only one-third of territory of ... Read More »