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Friday, January 01, 2010

Haaretz seethes: 'Palestinians' employed in Judea and Samaria construction

Haaretz's Akiva Eldar is seething. It seems that those smart Jews in Judea and Samaria took advantage of the way that the 'settlement freeze' was written and poured foundations for houses during the period leading up to the 'freeze' going into effect. Well, what did he expect them to do?

He also complains about the number of houses being built in various cities.
For example, during the period of the construction hiatus, in Ma'aleh Adumim 476 housing units will be built, compared to cities of similar size inside Israel such as Rosh Ha'ayin, 149 units, Kiryat Bialik, 160 units, Dimona 59 units, and Or Yehuda, 12 units.

During the same period in Ariel, 146 units are scheduled for construction, compared to 21 in Beit She'an, 51 in Kiryat Tivon, and 32 in Sderot.
Ma'aleh Adumim and Ariel are across the 1949 armistice line, in 'settlement blocs' that Israel plans to keep under any future agreement, while the other localities mentioned are not. I guess more Jews want to live in Ma'aleh Adumim and Ariel than in those other places.

But the oddest complaint in Eldar's diatribe was this one.
In most of the work sites, the construction is carried out by Palestinians. Kfar Tapuah is one of the few places in the territories where the settlers insist on Jewish workers.
And if all of the towns only hired Jewish workers, you can bet that Eldar would be among the first to complain.


At 9:19 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The revanants are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Ironically enough, the Israeli Left's policies have ended up damaging the Palestinians far more than the revanants.

Just don't look for Akiva Eldar to think about that as he seethes about the revanants.



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