Israel approves bill to facilitate home demolitions

Israeli authorities have stepped up practice of demolishing Palestinian homes on pretext they were built without permits

Israel approves bill to facilitate home demolitions

World Bulletin / News Desk

 The Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on Wednesday evening approved the second and third readings of a bill that would -- if ratified -- facilitate the demolition of Palestinian homes. 

The readings were approved by a vote of 43 to 33. 

The law amends Israel’s Planning and Building Law by limiting the authority of Israeli courts to freeze demolition orders once they are issued. 

It also transfers enforcement of the law to a network of “regional committees”, which are granted the right to impose fines on Palestinian homeowners. 

Palestinian Knesset member Yousef Jabareen condemned the move, saying the amendments revealed the “extremist” nature of Israel’s government. 

“This authoritarian law represents a continuation of Israel’s policy of adopting racist and non-democratic legislation,” he said. 

The Israeli authorities have recently stepped up the policy of demolishing Palestinian homes on the pretext they were built without permits.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Nisan 2017, 21:16
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