Netanyahu renews threat to raze Palestinian homes


Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has renewed his threat to demolish dozens of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, the Negev, Wadi Ara, the Galilee and the center of the country in solidarity with Jewish settlers, who will be forced to evacuate the illegal outpost of Amona soon.

During his meeting with senior officials from the right-wing Likud party on Monday, Netanyahu promised to demolish homes in Arab areas and provide resources to accomplish that, describing the demolition of illegal Arab construction as vital to the citizens of Israel.

He also bragged about the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes and structures in Arab areas during 2016.

Ahead of the December 25 deadline for the evacuation of Amona, Netanyahu recently held meetings with senior military and security officials, including public security minister Gilad Erdan, about intents to enforce laws against what he labeled as illegal building in the Arab sector as well.

The Israeli high court of justice had ordered the Amona outpost to be evacuated by December 25 since it was found to have been built on private Palestinian land in a case that has taken on international importance.

However, the Jewish settlers of the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank have rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily, defying a court order and raising fears of violence.

(Source / 20.12.2016)


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