Of the Bedouin villages in the Negev, only 12 (one of them just recently in 2014) have been recognized by the government. The government planning process for the recognized villages has largely ignored their spatial reality and its logic. In practice, only 128 residential building permits were issued in only two villages.
There are some 45 villages, only 12 of which have government recognition. Residents of the unrecognized villages cannot obtain building permits such that all construction is considered illegal and home demolitions are a common occurrence. Some of the recognized villages have plans, but they are seldom implemented because of ongoing conflict over land ownership which … read more