Beny - you're new to this aren't you? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mike F
    • 24.06.10 | 13:48 (IDT)

    Clearly you have no proper knowledge of the permit regime in Jerusalem. Put simply, if you're Jewish and want to settle on Palestinian land the municipality will go out of its way to accommodate you - even to the point of ignoring the Supreme Court as we have seen recently. If you're a Palestinian, on the other hand, and simply want to remain in the city of your birth by building or extending your home, forget it. You see, Beny, unlike the other cities you may be alluding to, under Israel even building permits are distributed on the basis of ethnicity. Hence the belief of many people that Israel should be referred to as an 'ethnocracy' rather than a 'democracy'.

    from the article: UN urges Israel to rethink East Jerusalem construction plans
    First published 09:36 24.06.10 | Last updated 09:36 24.06.10
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