Israel Plans To Demolish Over 40,000 Homes

<p>Massive Israeli demolitions of "illegal" Palestinian homes will mean the destruction of communities that predate the founding of Israel.</p>
December 9, 2006, 7am PST | Michael Dudley
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"The Israeli interior minister, Roni Bar-On, declared that his ministry has planned the demolition of more than 42,000 homes of Palestinian Bedouins that were built even before 1948 when Israel was proclaimed.

The minister, speaking at a session for the Israeli parliament's interior committee, claimed that all those houses were "illegal" and warned that any new homes built in the so-called "unrecognized" villages in the Negev desert would be razed.

According to PIC, the regional council for those villages, not recognized by Israel, said in a statement commenting on the minister's statement said that what the minister threatened meant the destruction of an entire community."

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Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 in Al Bawaba
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