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Democracies seizing land isn't unprecedented...

Reader comment on item: Ariel Sharon's Folly

Submitted by Laurence Schreiber (United States), Apr 5, 2005 at 17:25

Hi Daniel:

In response to your request to name another democracy that has evicted people from their homes, what about the U.S.? Over the years haven't thousands of people had their lawful homes seized and destroyed by the US government using the legal tool of "eminent domain", where the greater good of society (railroads, highways, etc.) required them to move? In these cases (just as in Israel) people were offered compensation for their loss, but the courts required them to move. In Israel's case the greater societal need is security, not commerce, but it seems to me the process is not unprecedented.

Warm regards,

Laurence Schreiber
CARE Capital Group

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