Liberman in front of star of david 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mary Calvert)
Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman expressed concerns that Jews
may be losing the battle for land control in Israel during a tour of the
central Arava settlements on Thursday, Israel Radio reported.
"The dispute over land control has not changed since the days of 'tower and stockade,'" Liberman said.
tower and stockade reference refers to a Turkish Ottoman law that was
in effect in pre-state Israel, in which it was illegal to demolish a
building that had a completed roof. Many Jewish settlements were
originally founded under this rule as Hagana youths would build a new
settlement under the cover of night and then defend it the next morning.
Israel has tried to regulate Beduin building projects by offering the
Beduins certain areas in which to build, activist groups have called on
the government to legalize the current settlements.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel's website, many Beduins "are
forced to continue living in unrecognized villages that are denied
basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running
Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel has said that
he is requesting from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to add the
issue of legalizing Beduin settlements in the Negev to the daily
construction and housing meetings.Ari Briggs contributed to this report.
This article was amended on April 22, 2013, to remove a comment about Beduin construction in the south that was erroneously included.