Wednesday, December 22, 2010

And you say you share the same values with this racist country?

Israel moves to legalize segregated Jewish-only communities
Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 15 December 2010

New legislation seeks to legalize Jewish-only communities in Israel.

"The question of control over land, Bishara said, was felt especially keenly by the Arab minority, because the state had nationalized 93 percent of all territory inside its recognized boundaries.

Cooperative associations, which are limited to no more than 500 families each, have jurisdiction over most of the country's habitable land and are regarded by the authorities as a bulwark against an Arab takeover, she said.

Arab citizens, meanwhile, are largely restricted to living in 124 towns and villages, and control 2.5 percent of Israel's territory.

Planning and building laws confine the development and expansion of Arab communities, leading to overcrowding. Tens of thousands of Arab families, forced to build in non-zoned areas, live in homes under demolition orders.
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