THE SOUTH OF ISRAEL HAS THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES IN THE NATION
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.
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
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.
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
”Residents are constantly being attacked, harassed, blackmailed, and threatened. Women are afraid to walk alone on the street where they will experience sexual harassment, and even be attacked. Innocent civilians are caught in shootouts between Bedouin clans in public areas, including gas stations and businesses in the heart of the city..."
TAX CRIMES include welfare fraud, utility theft, tax evasion, and false claims of residency or land ownership to demand municipal resources.
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
"Illegal polygamy in the Bedouin sector involves massive defrauding of the National Insurance Institute, through fictitious divorce in the Sharia Court, and misrepresentation of women in polygamous households as single parents who are entitled to stipends, benefits, and other forms of government support..."
PROPERTY CRIMES such as vandalism, destruction, and theft affects private homes, businesses, and government infrastructure including utility stations, police stations, and IDF bases.
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
"I won't drive my car to [reservist] training anymore. My friends had cars stolen, and that's just a drop in the bucket. We're helpless against practiced thieves who are just getting more daring. If one guard at night used to be enough, today we need to have four, and even that doesn't help. Their audacity is something else..."
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
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
"It cannot be that this is how our Negev looks. It simply cannot be that a group of Bedouins block a police car..."