Sunday, August 7, 2011

Housing activists add Israeli Arab concerns to list of demands

Haaretz 4 Aug -- The organizers of the tent protest yesterday added two demands of the Arab community to the list of demands they are drafting for the committee appointed by the prime minister to deal with their grievances. Arabs are demanding state recognition of the unrecognized villages throughout the country, especially the Bedouin communities in the Negev, and the approval of master plans that would expand local authorities' jurisdiction, to enable construction. "These are two fundamental issues and I hope the protest organizers, who support them, will insist on them. The Arab community's main problem is the terrible housing shortage due to the absence of territory to build on," Hadash secretary general Ayman Odeh said.
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