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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Israeli Supreme Court justice on illegally built houses: 'Whom does this bother?'

Yes, of course, they were Arab houses and not Jewish ones. If they were Jewish houses, they would be demolished immediately. (But then Jews don't usually build illegal houses - only illegal additions to existing ones, which do get demolished). But since they're Arab houses, whom does this bother?
A surprising chapter was written in Jewish-Arab relations regarding the rule of law Monday afternoon, during a hearing by a three-judge Supreme Court panel on a petition by the Regavim organization on the destruction of nine illegal luxury homes built by Arabs near the Atarot airport north of Jerusalem and in the village of Dir Dibwan, next to the Samarian Jewish community of Ofra. The state admitted at an earlier hearing that it was taking its time to demolish the houses but had started proceedings against one of them.

During the hearing Regavim showed the judges photos of the homes. Arab justice Salim Jubran reacted, "Indeed nice houses. Whom does this bother? Whom does this hurt? They also have to live well." Justices Elyakim Rubinstein and Uzi Fogelman were amazed, but chose to ignore the questions and proceeded with the proceedings.
I know. Let's appoint some more Leftists to the Supreme Court. That will surely result in the enforcement of the rule of law. Sometimes.


At 2:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

This is the same leftist Israel Supreme Court that had been pressing on the government to demolish Jewish homes in a certain Yesha revanant - sorry I don't recall the name.

But the point of today's question confirms what Israelis have known for a long time: there are two justice system in Israel: one for the Left and one for every one else. Don't hold your breath waiting for those illegally built Arab homes to be demolished any time soon.


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