TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Zionist regime’s parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a controversial law against “illegal constructions” that detractors say will mostly target Palestinian homes built without required, but hard-to-get, permits.
The law, which has the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s right-wing government, was passed with 43 votes for the bill and 33
The bill provides punishment of up to three years in jail,
increases fines and reduces the powers of courts to postpone the date of
Palestinians were quick to denounce the move.
They say discrimination by authorities makes it impossible
for them to obtain planning permission to expand their communities.
The result is that many families resort to building homes
without permission, leaving them liable to demolition.
The new law will also concern around 300,000 Palestinians
living in Israeli-annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Druze lawmaker Abdullah Abu Maaruf accused the Israeli
premier of wanting to “please the (political) right at whatever cost and
at the expense of the Arabs”.
The law threatens “50,000 Arab homes in which hundreds
of thousands of people live”, he told AFP.
Israeli daily Haaretz says that 97 percent of demolition
orders between 2012 and 2014 targeted Palestinian families.