Demolition orders against 3 Arab houses frozen
Published Tuesday 08/04/2014 (updated) 09/04/2014 17:05
RAMLA, Israel (Ma’an) – An Israeli court has accepted a petition to freeze administrative demolition orders of three houses belong to the Assaf family in Dahmash village in Lod Valley regional council in central Israel.
The petition was submitted by a lawyer representing the owners and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning.
Israeli police informed the families their houses would be demolished in days without a prior warning. However, the orders were not executed thanks to a magistrate court decision to freeze the orders until further notice.
Dahmash is the only Arab village within the Lod Valley regional council. The villagers have been fighting for their village to be recognized in order for them to live safely. However, the regional council has demolished many houses under inappropriate pretexts, according to locals.
Moreover, the regional council attempted to annex the village to Lod, but a committee to study borders, appointed by the ministry of interior, considered the locals’ arguments and declined the annexation request. The village remained within the region.
The committee recommended that an Israeli central court reexamine the village’s structural plan and reconsider the population’s request to recognize Dahmash as an independent village within the borders of Lod Valley regional council.
Lawyer Qais Nasser says that “instead of taking into account the committee’s recommendations, the regional committee orders to demolish three houses. The house owners build them without a construction license because the Israeli authorities did not provide them with the correct structure plans. In addition, the authorities rejected the plans that the locals provided them with.”
The court is expected to set a hearing to listen to the opposing arguments.