JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- About 600 Palestinian Israelis are threatened with eviction because Israel refuses to rezone their land as residential, Human Rights Watch said Friday.
The village of Dahmash is on 40 acres of land 12 miles from Tel Aviv granted to displaced Palestinians after the 1948 war. Its residents are Israeli citizens, but, because their houses are on land zoned as agricultural they are threatened with loss of their homes and denied many basic services, Human Rights Watch said.
"The 600 people of Dahmash are treated as if they don't exist, while Jewish towns are developed nearby in a way that threatens Dahmash residents' access to their homes and lands," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Planning authorities should end this discriminatory treatment, immediately recognize Dahmash's residential status, and provide the basic services denied for decades."
A court is to rule Monday on whether the government can proceed with the demolition of 13 of the 70 houses in Dahmash.