Since the founding of Regavim over a decade ago, one of the major issues we have been working on is finding a solution for the colossal problem of illegal construction by the Bedouin community in the Negev desert. There are currently over 2,000 illegal clusters of villages in the Negev, spread over thousands of acres. There is an urgent need to resettle this population in legal and modern communities that meet the expectations and needs of citizens of a normal country in the 21st Century. We know that for decades, Israeli governments have avoided dealing directly and systematically with Bedouin claims of ownership, thus delaying solutions for families still living in dispersed encampments as well as stymieing attempts to normalize and regulate Bedouin settlements.
Regavim has produced a major policy paper (simply click on the image above to view the full report) on the crisis in the south, laying out a comprehensive plan to shape the future of the Negev for generations to come.
Regavim’s plan creates a roadmap for the development of existing communities, resettlement of the Bedouin population, and the resolution of ownership claims.