Settlement museums bill passes 1st reading

Legislation would place museums in settlements under Israeli law, explicitly designed to begin slow annexation of the West Bank.

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December 6, 2011 00:07
A settlement in the Jordan Valley [illustrative]

Jordan valley settlement 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The Knesset on Monday night approved the first reading of a bill that places settlement museums under Israeli law.

Its creator, National Union MK Uri Ariel, has explained bluntly that the bill was designed to start a slow, piecemeal legislative process that would eventually annex Judea and Samaria by amending each of the country’s laws to extend to the territory.

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“It’s an additional step, and an important one to strengthen our hold on the Land of Israel and to stop the discrimination against the residents of Judea and Samaria,” he said after the bill passed by a 19-3 vote. “Culture belongs to everyone, and all Israeli citizens have a right to equal funding.”

If the bill passes its second and third readings, it would allow museums access to the same funding that such institutions outside the West Bank receive.

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