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Netanyahu to push for demolition of Palestinian homes to appease settlers

Image of the Amona outpost in occupied West Bank [יעקב / Wikipedia]
Image of the Amona outpost in occupied West Bank [יעקב / Wikipedia]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will push for the demolition of homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, in “an attempt to appease the right for the expected evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona.”

According to Haaretz, citing an unnamed senior source, “during talks led by Netanyahu in the last two weeks with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich”, the premier instructed that demolition orders be enforced over the next few days in Arab towns in southern and northern Israel as well as East Jerusalem.”

MK Ayman Odeh, chair of the Joint List, slammed the move. “All this prime minister knows is incitement and hate”, he said. “How dare he…compare the Amona settlers, who robbed and stole land from people living with no civilian rights, to Israeli Arab citizens who build on their land, but are forced to do so without permits because Israel won’t approve master plans.”

Odeh added that for months Netanyahu’s government has been preoccupied with nothing but finding a way to “legalize” the status of 40 families in Amona, who stole private Palestinian lands, “but 40 unrecognized villages in the Negev, which have been there from before Israel was established, Netanyahu didn’t even think of legalizing.”

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