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West Bank Law

West Bank Law

 Reader Judith T. Hollander (Letters, March 19) is mistaken to think that Jews living in the West Bank are under civil law, while local Palestinians are under military law. Quite the opposite is true. A Palestinian living in Area A can expand his home without any permits, while a Jew living in a settlement community needs permission from the government just to expand a porch. Most Palestinians in the West Bank have an autonomous authority to represent them. But in contrast to Israel proper, Jewish settlers are still subject to military administration.

Forest Hills, Queens


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