Green group blasts vote to permit private park ownership

July 27, 2011 17:20

After the Knesset passed a preliminary vote on Wednesday that would permit the transfer of national park ownership to private hands, the Israel Union for Environmental Defense slammed the government for going against public interest and warned that this move could cause the valued natural sites to become commercialized, with a depreciated commitment to conservation.

 “On days in which the winds of social justice are blowing and the people are opposing unbridled privatization policies, the Israeli Knesset is proving just how much far removed it is from the public, when it passes a bill whose significance means the sale of natural and time-honored resources to private hands,” said Amit Bracha, executive director of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, in a statement.

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