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February 13, 2013 1:55 pm

Hamas Set to Demolish Homes of 75 Families in Gaza City

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Hamas is set to demolish the homes of 75 families in Gaza City nearly a year after a court ruled that they were built on public property.

Bulldozers were seen outside the 40 buildings set to be destroyed Wednesday. Scores of residents staged a demonstration against the decision outside the offices of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

“This is a great injustice, an act of persecution and a forceful imposition of Hamas’s own version of laws on refugees,” resident Hazem Abu Hmeid told Al-Akhbar.

Families will reportedly be given $1,000 each in compensation, and have been allotted pieces of land near Gaza’s borders. Abu Hmeid says the government’s remuneration “falls very short.”

The government, however, claims that the families agreed to the package over negotiations Tuesday night.

“We will no longer accept violations against public property, no matter how long they have been going on for … we want to assure people that we respect human rights for decent living and finding suitable living situations for the families,” read a statement from the Gaza government.

“We emphasize the extreme importance we place on not abandoning the families whose houses will be removed to the streets,” it added.

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  • denis

    So where is the nternational condemnation of Hamas for this atrocity? Oh, I forgot, it is Moslems doing it so it is ok!

    • Ross

      Public condemnation of what? They’re not saying people can’t build houses, just don’t build it on public land. They actually gave them some compensation and another piece of land to build on. They actually talked to the families, unlike what Israel is doing with the Arab community. It simply doesn’t give them permits to build. I’ve known people who have waited 20 years for a house permit.

      • Julius Embretsen

        Talked to them and compensated?

        This is forced upon them, and them compensation is enough to get a tent.

        When Israel demolishes their settlements, at least the residents get a real compensation.

      • An American Jew

        Ross, you are uniformed.

        Many Arab homes in Israel are built on public land, that is why Israel has the legal authority to tear them down. In any city in the world, you need to get a building permit before you build and follow all applicable zoning and environmental ordinances, but many Arabs plain and simple refuse to do that which means the structure is illegal.

        100% of the structures in Israel that are torn down are either built illegally on public land or they are built without permits in violation of the zoning and environmental laws. If not, the extremely liberal Israeli courts would not permit the structures to be torn down.

        I find it humorous that Hamas is having the same issues with Arabs not following the law as Israel is having and I find it sad that people like Ross are not intelligent enough to understand the irony.