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Monday, February 09, 2004

Peres opposes forcible transfer

Opposition leader Shimon Peres is opposed to forcibly removing citizens from their homes. He said last week,
"You're going to force them to move? They don't want to, and you can't just do things by force. They are Israeli citizens with rights and obligations just like yours and mine... Listen to them. They are saying, 'We are connected with our place, we were born here, this is our land, we are citizens of the country.' What can you answer them?"
In case the context is not clear, Arutz-7's Ariel Kahane notes that Peres was not referring to the Israeli citizens of Gush Katif, but rather to the Israeli-Arabs of Um el-Fahm.