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Monday, October 25, 2010

Illegal Arab buildings to be demolished. But this time, no one will protest.

When Israel demolishes Arab buildings in East Jerusalem that are illegally built - for example in al-Bustan, which was zoned to be a green open space and now has over a hundred illegal buildings - there is no shortage of self-proclaimed "human rights" workers willing to vigorously protest for the rights of the people to build these structures.

Somehow, I don't think they are going to be as concerned in this case:
The Gaza government announced Monday that it has given directives to its interior ministry to raze what it has termed illegal structures on public lands and enforce previous orders to arrest those trading the land.

Head of the ministry's land department Ibrahim Radwan said those in violation of the order had been given a deadline which has now expired and that officers would maintain permanent checkpoints, supported by police, on public lands to prevent "any violation."

Radwan said in the coming days, the ministry will begin enforcing a "wide-scale campaign" to remove structures erected or built on public lands without permission.