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      Gov´t to Discuss Illegal Bedouin and Arab Construction

      At the request of Housing Minister Effie Eitam, the government will hold a special meeting in two weeks on the topic of the Bedouin take-over of Negev lands, as well as the widespread illegal Arab construction in the Galilee.
      First Publish: 6/17/2003, 11:52 AM

      Spray planes of the Green Patrol this morning destroyed crops planted by Bedouin on lands they do not own north of Be'er Sheva. Two weeks from now, the government will hold a special meeting on the topic of the Bedouin take-over of many Negev lands, as well as the widespread illegal construction by Israeli-Arabs in the Galilee and Wadi Ara areas. Housing Minister Effie Eitam (National Religious Party) requested the session.

      Shortly before the Shavuot holiday, the Green Patrol took Minister Eitam and senior Housing Ministry officials on an aerial tour of the Negev. They saw Kibbutz Revivim, 20 kilometers south of Be'er Sheva, surrounded on all sides by illegal Bedouin construction, in most place right up to the Kibbutz fence. The same is true around the Nevatim Military Air Force Base, just east of Be'er Sheva. They then flew north, Haggai Segal reports, where they saw three long strips of illegal Arab construction dividing Lower Galilee most definitively. Eitam has long been saying that there are 80,000 illegal structures in Israel, nearly all of them owned by Arabs.