250 Policemen to Face Illegal Negev Construction (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/22/12)
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Is the state finally taking action to stop illegal Bedouin
construction in the Negev?
A 250-man new police unit is in the process of being established in
the police´s Southern District, with the specific purpose of
enforcing the law against illegal construction in the Negev. The vast
majority of illegal construction is carried out by Bedouin Arabs.
The unit is being established as part of the implementation of
reports filed by the Goldberg and Praver committees on the matter of
illegal Bedouin construction. These committees proposed retroactive
legalization of much of the illegal building along with strict
enforcement against future illegal building.
The Regavim movement for Jewish national property rights, which
monitors illegal Arab construction, responded positively to the news
Sunday. "To our surprise, the High Court also recently commented on
the absurdity of non-enforcement against building offenses in the
Negev. In a High Court motion filed by Regavim against the village of
Abu Basma, Supreme Court President Asher Grunis told the State
Attorney representative that it is unbearable that an area of 2
million dunams is supervised by just one inspector."
"We would like to hope that allocation of the 250 new positions in
the police´s Southern District will be the harbinger of the return of
the rule of law to the Negev," Regavim said. The group called for "a
drastic change in the enforcement climate in the Negev" not only with
regard to construction but also in taxation and road safety.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/22/12)
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