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Jerusalem Mayor Threatens to Demolish ‘Hundreds’ of Palestinian Homes if Illegal Outpost Evacuated

AJN.-City hall says court ruling on illegal outpost of Amona leaves them no choice but to move against Palestinian homes in E. Jerusalem built on private Jewish land.

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat threatened Wednesday to demolish hundreds or thousands of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, if the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona is evacuated. The city asked for 14 demolition orders for the homes of some 40 East Jerusalem Palestinian families, which Barkat said were built on private Jewish land.

«Unless Amona is legalized, we’ll have to destroy hundreds or thousands of houses in Jerusalem too,» Barkat said.

«The Amona verdict leaves us no discretion to legalize building offenses,» he said.

The demolition orders Barkat asked for are for homes in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, built on land privately owned by Jews, run by the General Custodian’s office.

Barkat said he asked for the demolition orders following the High Court of Justice ruling this week to evacuate and destroy the structures in Amona, which were built on private Palestinian land.

The city said there are hundreds of Palestinian families living on Jewish land run by the General Custodian, against whom indictments have been served in recent years. In several cases demolition orders were issued by the court against them.

Until the Amona ruling, the authorities and courts used to give tenants of illegal houses extensions, to enable them to obtain permits retroactively and thus «legalize» the construction. Now the municipality will have to carry out the court-issued demolition orders, the city’s statement said.

Barkat’s proposal was scorned from the left and from the right as being part of his campaign to enlist new members into the Likud. «I don’t understand: What’s preventing him following through with these demolitions?» asked Arye King, a far right city council member. «Why is he threatening?  I tell you he is a radical leftists and … what he really wants is to legitimize all illegal housing in East Jerusalem.

Sami Arshid, a lawyer working with housing issues in East Jerusalem, said «there is no legal claim here or public benefit. This is a very strange request and I don’t think it stands a chance. As much as city hall believes in justice… it would do well to act and see that homes of Palestinians taken by Jews are also returned to their owners.»

Ir Amim, a left wing organization active in Jerusalem, blasted Barkat, saying «he has revealed his true face, embracing the ‘price tag’ tactics,» a reference to attacks by Jewish extremists on Palestinians.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.

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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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