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Arab couple can live in Jewish town, court rules

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September 14, 2011 | 11:19 am

Lemon Orchard in the Galilee, Israel. Photo by David Shankbone

Lemon Orchard in the Galilee, Israel. Photo by David Shankbone

An Israeli-Arab couple can live in a Jewish town in the Galilee after being rejected by its admissions committee, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled.

The young couple had been denied admission to Rakefet four years ago after the committee said they were socially incompatible with the community.

The decision issued Tuesday comes after the Israel Land Authority earlier this month made a plot of land available in Rakefet for the couple, who are living in the Israeli-Arab town of Sakhnin, in the lower Galilee near Acre.

The Knesset passed a law earlier this year that made admissions committees in small communities legal and allowed them to reject applicants they deemed incompatible with the character of the community. Human rights groups have questioned the new law in the High Court.

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