Why illegal Arab housing in Israel is OK...
Thankfully, Dr Ghazal Abu Raya, Spokesperson for the Sakhnin municipality and the Director of "The Jewish-Arab Center for Peace" Givat Haviva Northern Branch in Sakhnin has provided us with the answer:
Sakhnin Spokesperson: Illegal Israeli Arab construction is different
Dr Ghazal Abu Raya, Spokesperson for the Sakhnin municipality and the Director of "The Jewish-Arab Center for Peace" Givat Haviva Northern Branch in Sakhnin, told Israel Radio in a live interview broadcast this morning that illegal construction in Sakhnin is not that same as illegal Jewish construction in the West Bank. Abu Raya explained that the illegal construction in Sakhnin was justified because the residents of Sakhnin have lived there for over 3,500 years and need to build more housing for their growing population.
Sakhnin is, indeed, an ancient city dating back at least to the time of the Mishna and Talmud where there are references to the then Jewish city. The graves of two Rabbis from the third century - Rabbi Yehoshua of Sakhnin and Rabbi Shimon of Sakhnin are located in the city.
Of course, the connection of the Jewish people to Judea, Samaria and the entire land of Israel dates back over 4,000 years to the time of our forefather Abraham, but, sadly, that is not something that the powers-that-be in the State of Israel (including the government, media, Supreme Court & academia) are either aware of, or are inclined to mention out of a fear of being perceived as being too Jewish or extreme in the eyes of the world.