News, February 2008
So-called Israeli parliament to discuss demolishing of 246 Arab homes in Al Teera, while new illegal settlements are planned on stolen Palestinian lands in the West Bank
Israeli Knesset to discuss the demolishing of 246 homes in Al Teera
Thursday February 14, 2008 00:34 by Saed Bannoura - MEMC & Agencies saed at imemc dot org
The Israeli parliament (called Knesset in Hebrew) discussed on Wednesday demolishing orders which were issued against 246 houses in Al Teera Arab town within the Israeli boundaries. The deliberations were made after Sheikh Abbas Zakkour, from the Arab United Bloc, filed a proposal to discuss this issue at the Knesset session.
At the end of the session, the parliament approved transferring the case for discussion at the Internal Parliamentarian Committee.
In his speech in front of the parliament, MK Zakkour slammed the Israeli policies of demolishing Arab homes and said that the consecutive governments carried these violations without aver attempting to discuss and explore that real issues that force the residents to build their homes without obtaining a construction permits.
He added that the residents pay every penny they have and go into debt to build those homes, while the bureaucracy of the state and its development committee do to respond to frequent request by local councils of Arab villages to expand their boundaries in order to enable new couples to build their homes.
“The consecutive Israeli governments always knew how to annex Arab lands”, Zakkour stated, “but it seems they don’t know how to expand the Arab towns”.
He added that young couples who own lands cannot build on them due to the ongoing rejections of the Ministry of Interior.
“The Ministry of Interior must find a solution to solve the issue of housing in the Arab towns”, Zakkour said, “The ongoing demolishing of Arab houses will only lead to violent confrontations which do not seek”.
Commenting on a statement by the Israeli Interior Minister regarding “his intentions to build an Arab town in the Galilee”, Zakkour said; “we always heard such statements in the past, but none of them ever came true, I suggest that the ministry should now expand the existing Arab towns instead of talking about new ones, especially since the existing towns are over populated and need urgent expansion”.
Washington to ask for clarification from Israel regarding new settlement activities
Wednesday February 13, 2008 23:47 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC&Agencies rami at imemc dot org
Spokesman of the U.S State Department, John
Mackromk, stated on Wednesday that the American administration will ask
for clarifications from Israel with respect to a new settlement project
on the occupied east Jerusalem.
Fair Use Notice
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Opinions expressed in various sections are the sole responsibility of their authors and they may not represent ccun.org.