European Parliament vice president condemns "racist" Israeli land bill

Date: 23 / 07 / 2007 Time: 17:26 – MAAN

Bethlehem – Ma’an – European Parliament Vice President Luisa Morgantini condemned Friday a bill passed by the Knesset that would prohibit non-Jewish Israeli citizens from buying certain government owned lands, calling the proposed rule racist. “In this way Israel strikes another blow against democracy, fueling discrimination and Apartheid,” wrote Morgantini in the Italian newspaper Liberazione.

The bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Knesset in a preliminary reading last Wednesday, would allow the Israel Lands Authority to lease land owned by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to Jews only. The legislation would reverse a 1995 ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court which banned ethnic discrimination in the sale of JNF land. The JNF owns about 13% of all Israeli land.

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