Samaria Mayor Demands Equal Treatment for Jews

If Arabs receive benefits for Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, Jews should receive for Sukkot, Samaria Regional Council head says.

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Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
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Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan protested on Thursday against the range of benefits provided to Muslims on the Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, despite continued Arab attacks throughout Israel. 

The Israel Police ordered Wednesday evening that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem would be barred to all Jewish or non-Muslim visitors on Thursday, during the Muslim holiday. Other benefits were also provided to the Arab community. 

Dagan argued that similar concessions should be given to Jews, ahead of the Sukkot holiday which begins on Sunday evening. 

"The Jews also have holidays," Dagan said, directing his remarks to Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. "But unfortunately, we don't receive any benefits at this time of the year."

According to Dagan, one example might be to finalize the legal status of the Samarian community of Itamar. 

"In the 30 years the Itamar community has been in existence, it has no set status [with the Israeli government] and no school," Dagan noted. "The children of the community have increased and some have already left the nest, but one thing remains unchanged."

"The community that suffered the most attacks of any in proportion to the number of people living there, that exists because of a government decision, has been unable to bring decision-makers to sign on to its legalization."

"The permit legalizing the status of the community allows it to receive schools, and organized electricity. Despite, repeated promises over the years," this has never happened. 

"In honor of Eid al-Adha, Sukkot, Yom Kippur or whichever holiday decision-makers choose, we ask for Itamar's status to be regulated and schools for the children living there," Dagan stressed.