Israel’s far-right Public Security Minister has demanded the demolition of what he says are six illegal structures built by Palestinians in Area C over the past month, next to Khan al Ahmar, Israeli media reported Sunday. Itamar Ben Gvir also reacted angrily to the evacuation of an illegal outpost in the occupied northern West Bank during Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.
At the meeting, he presented a document containing aerial photographs of what he said were illegal Palestinian constructions.
“The law is the law and there is one law for everyone,” said the far-right minister. “I will not accept racism against Jews while on duty. Just as the defense minister chose to destroy a Jewish outpost, we demand that illegal Arab construction in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] be destroyed.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replied, “We are applying the law in a balanced way. Today we demolished three Arab houses in Bethlehem and Nablus.”
The construction of several thousand settlements in Israeli settlements built in the occupied West Bank is approved each year by the Israeli civil administration, while permission for Palestinian construction in the same area is very rarely issued.
All Israeli Jewish-only settlements, and so-called settlement outposts, are illegal under international law. Outposts are even illegal under Israeli law.
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