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Illegal Arab Occupation and Unhindered Arab Building

MK Arieh Eldad discusses the phenomenon of Arab and Bedouin construction without building permits or zoning approval.
By Walter Bingham & INR Staff
First Publish: 8/20/2012, 6:57 PM

Illegal Arab Mansions
Illegal Arab Mansions
Regavim.org.il

On this week's episode of Walter's World with Walter Bingham:

If you are a Jewish youth, you might erect a hut on an Israeli hilltop as a centre for your excursions and to have fun with your friends. However it will most likley be quickly be spotted by the regular aerial surveys conducted by Jewish organisations like Peace Now. These groups then report the building activity to the army and it will then be demolished within a very short time.

But if you are an Arab or Bedouin and build an illegal mansion on Jewish-owned or State land, it's a quite different story.

Why the difference? Find out by listening to Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad and the story of the Regavim organisation and you will learn the simple answer.

To quell Jewish protests the police don’t hesitate to use brutal force. But demolishing illegal Arab buildings could cause violent riots. The police and army may not respond with equal measure. The news and photos that will go around the world are chosen to portray our security forces as brutal occupiers and oppressors. That’s just what the anti-Israel lobby is looking for, so the army backs off. To hear the full analysis of this issue download the latest Walter's World podcast by clicking here.

Photo credits: Regavim.org.il

Walter Bingham travels all over Israel and the international Jewish world to bring you in-depth reports in his exciting magazine style program. Topics range from cultural and entertainment events and social problems to major political interviews and statements recorded live as they happen. He holds up a mirror at Jewish life and paints pictures in sound. His many famous guests have included Alan Dershowitz, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Charles Krauthammer, John Bolton, German film star Iris Berben, Jewish community heads of many countries, singing and entertainment stars Dudu Fisher, Yaffa Yarkoni, Theodor Bikel, David D'Or as well as many politicians, political commentators and academics. Walter's World broadcasts every Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio. Walter can be emailed at walter@israelnationalradio.com and his last 20 shows are listed on the archive page.