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 (nĕg′ĕv) also Ne·geb (-ĕb)
A desert region of southern Israel. Long inhabited chiefly by nomadic Bedouin, it became part of the state of Israel in 1948.


(ˈnɛɡɛv) or


(Placename) the S part of Israel, on the Gulf of Aqaba: a triangular-shaped semidesert region, with large areas under irrigation; scene of fighting between Israeli and Egyptian forces in 1948. Chief town: Beersheba. Area: 12 820 sq km (4950 sq miles)


(ˈnɛg ɛv)

also Neg•eb


a partly desert region in S Israel, bordering on the Sinai Peninsula. 4700 sq. mi. (12,173 sq. km).
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Noun1.Negev - a desert in southern Israel
Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion - Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning have demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the occupied Negev for the 90th time.
The Negev region hosts academic institutes, leading hi-tech companies, technological incubators, a hi-tech park and soon the IDF s elite technological units.
Ramallah, May 12 (Petra)--Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday tore down a mosque under construction in Wadi al-Na'am village in the Negev desert.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have discovered a new method to breach air-gapped computer systems called BitWhisper which enables two-way communications between adjacent, unconnected PC computers using heat.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Israeli regime demolished three Bedouin structures in the Negev village of Umm Batin on Wednesday, the first such demolition in Southern occupied territories since the end of a weeks-long military offensive in Gaza.
The rockets fell on the western Negev, south of Israel," a military spokesperson said.
A controversial Israeli plan to forcibly remove up to 70,000 Arab Bedouins from their historic desert land in the Negev has been scrapped, according to its architect Benny Begin.
Despite huge protests dubbed "the day of rage" and a widespread international outcry against the Prawer Plan - an Israeli law designed to "regulate" the resettlement of Bedouins in the Negev - the government believes that the vast majority of Bedouins support the plan .
In a statement, the party said: "The Knesset has given its preliminary approval of the so-called Braver Plan, which calls for confiscating about 700,000 dunums of the Negev lands and demolishing around 40 villages, displacing 90,000 people [in a move] which will isolate the Arabs, who constitute 30 percent of the Negev's population, in only 1 percent of the area's lands.
Palestinian protestors shout slogans next to the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City during a demonstration against the Israeli government's plans to relocate Bedouins in the Negev desert, on July 17, 2013.
Organisers said the overall number of protesters who took to the streets in Beersheeva, the southern Negev desert region, Galilee in the north and Jaffa near Tel Aviv could have been in the thousands.
The government said it would "as much as possible" grant legal status to villages in the Negev desert that are currently unrecognised by the authorities and where some Bedouin live, if they met unstated minimum population criteria.