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    • Ben Alofs
    • 14.12.09 | 12:30 (IST)

    I know several Palestinian Israelis, who are fighting the same fight against the apartheid state. My dear old friend Ali in Sakhnin struggled for many years to build a house on his own land in his town, but was thwarted in the same way as Aadel is now. Under Israel's apartheid legislation 93% of the land is out of bounds to non-Jewish citizens. Under the government's drive to 'judaize' the Galilee everything is done to accomodate the Jewish communities (mitzpim), while at the same time the natural growth of Palestinian communities is throttled. It is extremely difficult for Palestinians to move into Jewish neighbourhoods (new and old). While these are encroaching on Palestinian towns and villages the local authorities (in Ali's case Mizgav Regional Council) forbid Palestinians to build on their own land. Ali in the end created his own fact by building his own house. He has been punished by jail terms and draconic fines, but his house still stands. One man's struggle against apartheid.

    from the article: Jewish town won't let Arab build home on his own land
    First published 00:00 14.12.09 | Last updated 13:59 14.12.09
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