High Court wants to know why Israel won’t recognize an Arab village

Israel’s High Court of Justice has given Israel 90 days to explain its decades-long refusal to recognize the Palestinian village of Dahmash, located in central Israel.

The court noted that being unrecognized meant residents cannot legally access rights to basic infrastructure, planning or zoning mechanisms. Worse, the threat of demolition hangs over their head permanently.

Dahmash’s resistance against Israel’s refusal to recognize the people started in 2005 when Israel first began issuing orders to demolish a number of homes in the village. Demolitions have, since, continued. Today 10 of its 70 houses face looming demolition.
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