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THE
FACTS

THE SOUTH OF ISRAEL HAS THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES IN THE NATION

EXTORTION


PROTECTION PAYMENTS are made by local businesses and construction sites to ensure "protection" from property damage, vandalism, and theft by local Bedouin criminals and gangs.

THE FACTS

  • Extortion rates in Southern Israel are the highest in nation

  • Protection payments amount to tens of millions of shekels per year, which funds Bedouin criminal gangs, clan warfare, nationalistic crimes and terrorism

  • Arab suspects were implicated in 47% of all extortion cases in the last two years

  • 78% of all extortion cases are closed without indictment or resolution

  • 20% of all extortion cases nationwide occur in the South of Israel

  • Extortion rates are 35% higher in the South then the rest of the country

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VIOLENT CRIMES


VIOLENT CRIMES include physical assault, weapons offenses, rioting, gang and clan warfare, terrorism and nationalistic crimes, as well as a range of crimes against women and girls.

THE FACTS

  • Violent crimes are 50% higher in the South than the rest of Israel.

  • 21,729 cases of violence and threats in 2020 were reported in the South, representing almost 25% of all cases nationwide

  • Reports of shootings increased 64% between 2017-2020

  • Weapons offenses almost doubled between 2017-2020

  • Bedouin attacks on Police Stations and IDF bases, including infiltration, theft, arson, and stone throwing, are on the rise

  • Crimes against Israeli and Bedouin women and girls in the South are common, and include human trafficking, forced prostitution, polygamy and forced marriage, sexual harassment, kidnapping, and rape

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TAX CRIMES


TAX CRIMES include welfare fraud, utility theft, tax evasion, and false claims of residency or land ownership to demand municipal resources.

THE FACTS

  • Bedouin welfare payments in the Negev are 3 times the national average 

  • Only 24% of property taxes are collected from Bedouin communities in the Negev, compared to 78% in the surrounding communities

  • Bedouins source approximately 70% of their overall income from government stipends and subsidies, amounting to over NIS 500 million each year in the Negev

  • Bedouins use polygamy and false claims of divorce in Sharia Courts to apply for benefits and preferential tax rates awarded to "single parent households"

  • Lost tax revenue from "pirate" gas stations in the Negev amounts to over NIS 400 million each year, while water theft amounts to over NIS 20 million

 

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PROPERTY CRIMES


PROPERTY CRIMES such as vandalism, destruction, and theft affects private homes, businesses, and government infrastructure including utility stations, police stations, and IDF bases.

THE FACTS

  • The Southern District has the highest rate of property crimes in Israel 

  • Property offenses in the South are 35% higher then the national average

  • In 2020, 19% of all property offenses nationwide occurred in the Southern District

  • Due to ongoing threats and destruction, local residents and businesses are unable to acquire insurance or are having their insurance plans cancelled

  • Israeli farmers loose millions of shekels a year to agricultural theft and arson, as well as rising private security costs

 

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TRAFFIC & ROAD CRIMES


TRAFFIC & ROAD CRIMES include a range of illegal activity including car and camel racing, excessive speeding, underage driving, driving without a license, dangerous and aggressive driving, attacks on public buses, as well as car jacking, theft, and destruction   
 

THE FACTS

  • Bedouins cause more minor, serious and fatal road accidents in the South then any other demographic group in the region

  • Bedouins represent 87% of reports for driving without a license in the Negev

  • Between 2016-2020, 244 Bedouin minors were caught driving without a license

  • 61% of fatal car accidents in Negev are caused by Bedouins, who account for just 10% of the drivers in the Southern District

  • Between 2008-2018, 17 people were killed almost 400 people were injured due to animal related accidents in the Negev

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