[News] 1,000 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Negev Per Year

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Fri Jun 26 11:01:00 EDT 2015

  1,000 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Negev Per Year

author Friday June 26, 2015 04:55author by IMEMC News & Agencies

    The Israeli Interior Ministry and Land Administration Agency, in
    cooperation with the Regavim NGO and the Jewish National Fund (JNF),
    have been demolishing 1,000 Arab homes in Al-Naqab every year, under
    the pretext that they were built without permits.

Days of Palestine reports that this has been revealed by Amichai Yogev, 
the southern region director of Regavim, which was founded in 2006 in 
order to confiscate Palestinian land and build illegal Jewish only 
settlements in the occupied West Bank and Al-Naqab.

In an interview with Jewish Voice, Yogev said that there are 220,000 
Arabs in Al-Naqab today and that they are living on 13,000 km2 of land.

According to estimates, there are about 70,000 unlicensed homes in the 
“recognised” and “unrecognised” towns and villages.

This means that these homes are at risk of being demolished at any 
moment, according to Regavim’s way of thinking.

Yogev also claimed that the Israeli NGO is frustrated by the current 
situation, as the Palestinian residents in Al-Naqab build 2,000-3,000 
homes a year in the unrecognised villages and gatherings.

He added that, despite their aggressive nature, the demolitions have 
less of an impact on the reality of the demographic spread that the 
Israeli establishment is seeking to reduce by means of these campaigns.

Asked what a village needs in order to be classified as “unrecognised”, 
Yogev said that all the villages located in the Beersheba-Arad-Yeruham 
triangle are “illegal”; therefore, they may be destroyed and their 
residents expelled.

The indigenous Palestinian residents in the region describe Regavim as a 
racist organisation. They say that most of its inspectors, who stick 
demolition notices on their homes, working with the so-called Israeli 
Land Administration Agency, are settlers living in settlements in the 
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