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Israeli government to discuss plan to demolish thousands of Arab buildings

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Arab48 obtained information that the Israeli government is planned to discuss, during its weekly session on Sunday, a plan to implement demolition orders in Arab towns.

Likud ministers, Ze’ev Elkin and Yariv Levin presented a comprehensive plan to the government “to implement the organisational and building laws”, which mainly target Arab towns that have tens of thousands of unlicensed homes. A number of academic studies conducted on the issue of unlicensed construction in the Arab towns have confirmed that the situation is a result of the Israeli government’s policies against the Arab community.

This proposal has come days after Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced that the five year plan to upgrade Arab towns has been frozen due to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on “implementing construction law”, according to him, i.e. executing the demolition orders in the Arab towns.

The plan aims to speed up the implementation of the demolition orders and achieving the process of issuing demolition orders in the courts in order to issue and implement them quicker, as well as allotting budgets to fund police and demolition forces.

(Source / 16.06.2016)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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