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Otzma Le'Yisrael Demonstrates in Musmus
Dozens of Otzma Le'Yisrael activists marched and demonstrated today, Tuesday, January 15th in the Arab-Israeli village of Musmus in Wadi Ara, 20 miles southeast of Hafia.
The town declared a general strike to show their anger at what they felt was a provocation.
Baruch Marzel, number three on Otzma Le'Yisrael's list said: "It's inconceivable that the State demolishes unlicensed houses in southern Tel Aviv and such construction continues unhindered in Musmus."
"I'm sorry to say the police are afraid to enter the village. This reality must change or we will lose the whole northern area," said Marzel
Ben-Gvir (L) and Marzel at demonstration (Photo: Hagai Aharon)
Itamar Ben-Gvir added that "the village is a symbol for non-enforcement. We blame Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, because they only talk and never act. Those who demand rights must accept duties."
The march-demonstration is part of Otzma Le'Yisrael's larger plan to create a report on illegal construction in Arab communities -- the answer to the Sasson report, which investigated construction in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. "This is the message we are talking about throughout the campaign." said party leader MK Michael Ben-Ari. "It cannot be that entire cities and many villages, especially in the Negev and Galilee, conduct themselves as if they were a separate country. Whoever wants rights must pay property taxes, must construct legal buildings and must be faithful to Israel. Just like the Sasson report on the outposts in Judea and Samaria, there must be a report on the illegal construction in the Negev and the Galilee."
Otzma LeYisrael's Knesset placed ads calling on Arabs to pay taxes and to be held accountable to the same laws as Israelis.
"Tens of thousands of illegal structures and dozens of illegal towns built in Israel remain standing, and the selective demolition targets Jews," Otzma Le'Yisrael stated.
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