Nature activists urge public to oppose ‘draconian’ bill for reconstruction of southern border towns

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter

The Society for the Protection of Nature in (SPNI) Israel calls on the public to object to legislation in the works that aims to rebuild Israeli towns in the Gaza periphery, arguing that its creation of a new government-dominated planning committee and subcommittee for the area is “draconian” and gives hardly any voice to the public.

At an emergency Zoom meeting attended by 120 people, including many residents of the Western Negev, SPNI spokespeople say there are enough existing planning committees to oversee the rehabilitation of the area, which was heavily damaged after Hamas terrorists overran southern Israel on October 7.

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