Judge: Why the Hurry to Demolish? (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/04/12)
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Laws must be obeyed, but what is one to think when the principle is
upheld differently based on nationality?
As the vote on the Regulation Law that could save Givat HaUlpana
nears, nationalist Facebook users have been sharing a link to a news
article from the recent past. The item concerns the illegal Bedouin
community of Al Sara in the Negev, where 51 illegal structures were
In late 2011, Kiryat Gat Magistrates´ Court Judge Yisrael Axelrod
ruled that the 51 demolition orders issued by the state against the
structures were null and void.
The judge asked why the demolition orders were only issued in 2006,
when the Bedouin families have been living at the location for dozens
of years, and when the state has no immediate need for the land in
One can only wonder why a similar question did not guide the High
Court judges when they ordered the demolition at Givat HaUlpana
neighborhood, which was created with full state approval 12 years ago.
Maariv journalist Kalman Libeskind has also shown that judges ruled
differently on illegal construction when Arabs are the ones building
illegally, or when the legal owner of the land is not an Arab.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/04/12)
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