The Israeli government has seized more than a thousand acres of Arab land near Jerusalem to build a new Jewish residential neighbourhood.
SV Sign "Ministry of Housing
GV Scattered Arab and Israeli housing in area of confiscated land (3 shots)
SCU Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, speaking in English
KOLLEK: "It doesn't seem to me that anywhere in the budget the vast amounts of money needed for this are available. And for other, more urgent things, in the city, we do not get the money for development. So, this seems to be more a political action than a practical planning action, or practical development action."
REPORTER: "What are the political implications then? Obviously, the word 'expropriation', with regard to Arab land, is explosive?"
KOLLEK: "Yes, well, it is partly explosive because the people in the world make it that. I think that we have not expropriated any land, really, over the past few years, with the exception of some for roads and some for schools -- Arab schools. We have to expropriate land to build Arab schools in Arab districts, but, if as a result of the expropriation, the Arabs can see immediately that building is going on in their favour, well, if they can now get building licences in this area, this will be mitigated. I can't see this happening, this is why I am so worried."
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Background: The Israeli government has seized more than a thousand acres of Arab land near Jerusalem to build a new Jewish residential neighbourhood. The decision, taken jointly by Israeli Finance Minister Mr. Yigael Hurvitz and Housing Minister David Levy, flies in the face or the United Nations Security Council resolution of March the first, calling for the dismantling of all Jewish settlements on Arab land. The resolution was greeted with fury in Israel, and United States President Jimmy Carter, subsequently withdrew U.S. support for it. Israeli government sources have explained that this latest seizure was not a reaction to the U.N. vote, but Middle East observers predict that it will bring further worldwide criticism of Israeli policy towards Arab lands.
SYNOPSIS: The land, taken by Israel during the 1967 war, lies to the northeast of Jerusalem. Sixty eight percent of the landowners to lost their holdings are Arab, and the mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Teddy Kollek, has criticised the move as political.