Selective Housing Enforcement

25% of Jewish demolition orders are carried out, compared to 13% in Arab sector - not including many 1000's of unflagged illegal Arab structures.

Tags: Gilad Farm
Hillel Fendel , | updated: 12:50 PM

A previous demolition in Gilad Farm
A previous demolition in Gilad Farm
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Statistics are finally released, showing that 25% of official Jewish demolition orders are carried out – compared to half that much in Arab sector.

In 2010, 167 demolition orders of illegal structures were enforced among Jewish outposts and the like in Judea and Samaria, out of a total of 668.  This rate, 25%, is nearly twice as much as that for the Arabs of the same areas; only 172 out of 1,265 demolition orders were carried out, a rate of 13.6%.

The numbers were reported by the Civil Administration, said MK Aryeh Eldad,  “only after a lengthy, year-and-a-half long struggle against Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who tried with all his might to hide them. The Supreme Court has ruled more than once that selective enforcement is a crime.”

Attorney Yehuda Shimon of the Gilad Farm told Israel National News, “These numbers are just a trap. They issued 1,265 demolition orders against illegal Arab structures? I can tell you for a fact that there are at least 30,000 illegal Arab structures here! There are more illegal Arab houses in Judea and Samaria than there are legal Jewish homes! Every single hour, another illegal Arab building is begun.”

MK Eldad, of the National Union party, told correspondent Haggai Huberman that the Defense Ministry tried to avoid publicizing the numbers “even to a secret subcommittee of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, using the lying excuse that the information was ‘sensitive.’”

MK Eldad said he would not let up on Minister Barak: “I will force him to divulge all the information he has on this topic, and to reveal who is responsible for giving the order for selective law enforcement against the Jewish residents of Judeaand Samaria.”

At the Gilad Farm near Kedumim yesterday (Monday), police forces confiscated a truck bringing concrete for the floor of a new home. The police learned of the truck from soldiers at the site, who had been instructed to report on the entry of any truck bringing building materials to the farm, which is located on private Jewish property in the Shomron (Samaria).

Itai Zar, “mayor” of the village, called on the army to stop trying to strangle it: “We have young couples here who need homes, and we want to build. The Arabs build illegally on every single hilltop and no one stops them; but we are driven crazy for every truck… We do not accept the use of IDF soldiers as ‘informers’ against other Jews; soldiers should not be used as tattle-tales or policemen.”