Carmel City mayor: 'We won't respect a law that doesn't respect us'

"We won't respect a law that doesn't respect us," Carmel City Mayor Dr. Akram Hasson said Saturday, during a protest by dozens of Druse in the North against Israel's plans to expropriate 2,000 dunams of land from their community on the east Carmel Mountains. The plans are intended for several national projects including the construction of a cross-country road, laying a gas pipeline and assembling the Hamemek railway tracks. The Druse erected a protest tent on the land, near Yokne'am. Also attending the demonstration were Israeli Arab MKs Ahmad Tibi (UAL), Jamal Zahalka (Balad) and Muhammad Barakei (Hadash).