Sderot residents petition High Court

Petition argues gov't violating Basic Law by not providing city with funding to build fortifications.

September 17, 2007 11:53
Sderot residents petition High Court

kassam attack 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

Approximately thirty Sderot residents filed a petition to the High Court of Justice on Monday, which claimed that the government had failed to keep its commitment to fortify residential buildings against Kassam rockets. The residents alleged that the government failed to implement the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Freedom, and did not treat all citizens equally since some Kibbutzim, according to the petitioners, did receive government funding for fortification. "Many roofs are only covered with tiles and many houses do not have a bomb shelter," said Sderot spokesman Yossi Cohen. According to Cohen, some petitioners had to pay fortification costs themselves, and will now request the court to order the government to repay them. Moreover, the petitioners demanded that the government include shielding costs in the 2008 budget.

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