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This Is How the UN and the European Union Intentionally Promote Illegal Construction in Judea And SamariaSunday, August 19th, 2012
Over the past few years, European countries, European NGO’s and international support organizations have carried out at least 200 illegal building projects in Area C of Judea and Samaria, reports Makor Rishon. This is referring to construction of public buildings (schools and mosques), paving of roads, installing electrical equipment, and appropriating State owned land.
Most of these illegal actions have been conducted by non-governmental organizations supported by European governments, however in some of the instances it is being done by direct agents of the countries themselves.
All this construction activity is taking place in Area C, which is under the complete rule of the State of Israel, without specified plans and without permits from the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria. And this is in addition to the multitude of construction and development projects in Areas A and B, where, according to the Oslo Accords, the planning and construction control is under the Palestinian Authority.
Political sources point out that recently there has been a considerable increase in European attempts to carry out illegal construction projects, and in the past few months alone there have been 33 law enforcement actions taken against these projects. Among them have been the confiscation of many tents, equipment and portable structures; buildings have been destroyed and trucks with building material have been captured.
It is important to note that the facts that were mentioned in the Makor Rishon report relate only to instances where law enforcement action has been taken, so that it is possible that there are construction projects which are completely unknown to the authorities.
There are many cases, as well, where the Civil Administration is prevented from enforcing the law due to Supreme Court orders, or because of political pressure applied by the international community. The main areas where the illegal construction takes place are in the southern Mount Hebron area, in the Jordan Valley, and in the area surrounding East Jerusalem.
For example, five trucks were confiscated on the Hizma-Mishor Adumim highway, and a large number of Bedouin tents were confiscated in an areas which foreign organizations were clearly trying to turn those tents into permanent settlements. In Fire Zone 904 in Samaria, tents donated by the Red Cross were confiscated. Next to the village of Tubas in the Jordan Valley, the government of Brazil is backing the establishment of a plantation on Israeli government owned land.
In many cases, the international organizations repeatedly break the law even after a law enforcement action has been taken. For example the Civil Administration destroyed an illegal structure near Alfei Menashe, and as a reaction the employees of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a UN support organization, erected caravans next to a sign declaring their responsibility for the action. In southern Mount Hebron, near Khirbet A-Rahowa, OCHA tried to establish a permanent settlement for Palestinian residents. The Civil Administration destroyed the illegal structures, but the organization came back and started to rebuild. In the end, the Administration confiscated the steel for construction, a truck and a few tents.
Political sources informed Makor Rishon that in spite of the fact that non-governmental organizations apparently support these illegal activities, they continue to receive full backing from various governments around the world. For example, Israeli ambassadors in Berlin and Warsaw were “invited” for admonitions in the local Foreign Offices because the Civil Administration destroyed projects that were funded by organizations supported by these governments. Another country that heavily supports illegal land activities is Spain. On another occasion, the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, initiated a telephone conversation with Israeli officials to find out details concerning specific instances of removal of illegal Arab settlements that received press coverage.
In other, less-known incidents, like dismantling of tents and confiscating equipment, the intervention of National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror, and even that of Prime Minister Binyamin Netnayahu is required, following requests from foreign governments.
Israeli officials who are experts in these matters point out that the intervention of the government echelon is required because the Europeans and Palestinians apply force in joint pressure against Israel. First, the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, and his ministers encourage the illegal construction on behalf of European organizations, then the funding governments apply political pressure on Israel with the intention of preventing the enforcement of the law against such illegal attempts.
The Europeans claim that Israel is deliberately preventing Palestinian construction in Area C because out of a strategic plan to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. Nevertheless, in discussions with Israel they don’t say this directly, but instead haggle over technical disagreements. During frequent discussions involving the European diplomats stationed in Israel, Foreign Ministry officials, and the Civil Administration, the Europeans blame the Israeli side for intentionally causing the failure of construction projects for the Palestinians.
Israeli officials are livid about the European position; they describe it as provocative and even hostile, and are especially upset about the purposeful transgression of the law. In continuing disagreements with the Europeans, Israeli officials have said that, among other things, “Even according to your theory that Judea and Samaria are occupied territories, you are still obligated to obey the laws of the occupying country. There is no place in the world where a foreign country supports noncompliance with the local law, even if they don’t accept it.”
These officials further said that during 2011 alone, more than 200 construction projects in Judea and Samaria received permits. “How can the Europeans claim that we are trying to trip hold them?”
The argument between the two sides has been taking place for months, but meanwhile both sides are trying to maintain a low profile. At the same time, in spite of the anger about the European approach, joint work by the sides has started in an attempt to overcome disagreements. During meetings currently taking place between the Foreign Ministry, the Civil Administration, the European political echelon and ambassadors, an infrastructure has been set up whose purpose is to shorten considerably the planning and construction procedures of foreign initiatives in small and medium sized projects.
Around 1 AM Monday night, large Border Guard and Civilian Administration forces arrived on a bus and in several other vehicles at two outposts in Gush Talmonim in the Benjamin region. They also brought with them a tractor.
The forces leveled two homes in each of the outposts of Ramat Mordechai and Givat Egoz.
One of the structures that was destroyed in Givat Egoz had previously been set on fire by Palestinians on February 21 this year. IDF trackers followed the arsonists to the Arab village of Ras Karkar.
Initially, Givat Egoz was established after the home of the Goldmintz family had been demolished Win the settlement of Yad Yair, and since they had been living in the new outpost.
Ramat Mordechai was named after the late Mordechai Schivschorder and his family, who were killed in a suicide bombing in the Sbarro pizza restaurant, August 9, 2001.
Tazpit reported that on Saturday night, Tisha B’Av 5772, some 50 men, women and children, members of the settlement nucleus of Yad Yair, together with the Benjamin Settlers Committee and residents of Gush Talmonim, mourned the destruction of Jerusalem, and shared their private grief over the destruction of their settlement more than three years ago by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria.
The group read the book of Lamentations and recited mournful odes for the destruction of the Temple. In an atypical fashion, IDF forces did not interfere with the Jewish presence there, which lasted several hours.
The Jewish activists told Tazpit that they chose the ruins of their homes for the recitation of Lamentations in order to remember well the destruction of the Temple. They also emphasized the strategic importance of the place in blocking the spread of the city of Ramallah, and the fact that the place was bought at full price by Jews, and there are no questions regarding their legal ownership.
According to Hakol HaYehudi, more than twenty years ago, on 11 Nissan, 5751, March 26, 1991, Dolev resident Yair Mendelson was murdered, and local residents wanted to establish a new settlement in his memory. Then Defense Minister Moshe Arens did not approve the settlement, and after a political struggle a military base was built on the spot, with a park in memory of Yair Mendelson next to it. In 2004 the base was dismantled, leaving in the area only a civilian presence, which included an active synagogue and the park, where major events were held frequently.
After the army left the area, the synagogue and the park became subject to incessant harassments by Israeli leftists and by Arabs. Over the years the electrical system was destroyed, the synagogue was looted and set on fire, and the memorial stone was vandalized.
After it became clear to the residents of Gush Talmonim that the army is unable to prevent the looting and destruction of the place, it was decided to exercise the right of the Jewish landowners and establish a settlement. In 2008 left-wing activists, Arabs and journalists burned down the synagogue, and replaced the flags of Israel PLO flags.
In response, on the same day, Jewish settlement began in the place, which lasted four months, until Israeli government forces completely destroyed the place, removing the Yair Mendelsohn memorial stone. The evacuation was carried out by IDF commanders in the field in clear violation of a High Court order issued the same day.
The Tazpit news agency reported on a rally in Hebron Thursday night which protested the lack of enforcement on illegal Arab construction currently taking place along Zion Road, the 700 meter route connecting the Jewish neighborhood of Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarchs.
The rally was in response to the massive Arab construction in the area, which the Civil Administration has been ignoring, while meticulously enforcing a ban on all new Jewish construction.
Some 50 people marched from Kiryat Arba to Cedar Lane, along Zion Road.
Action Committee member Chaim Blicher noted that “it is forbidden according to the Hebron Agreement for the Arabs to build higher than three stories around the Jewish settlement.”
The 1997 Hebron Agreement divides the city into H1, a Palestinian run section, and H2, a Jewish section which also includes some 40 thousand Arabs, and is run by the Civil Administration of the Ministry of Defense.
Blicher explained that “today we can see Arab construction that goes above three stories, ignoring the agreement without any response from the Civil Administration. There is a blatantly unequal enforcement of the law here, where on the one hand any Jewish construction or house is demolished and cleared, while Arab construction continues freely.”
Spokesman for the Jewish residents of Hebron Noam Arnon spoke at the Peace House, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, saying, “The Jews are discriminated against, and nowadays a Jew can’t build an inch, while the Arabs are free to build.”
Demonstrators hung a photograph of an eviction order from the Cave of the Patriarchs, which states that Jewish entry into the cave constitutes a violation of the delicate status quo in Hebron.
The demonstrators hung an altered version of the order on the doors of Arab homes, calling Arab construction a violation of the delicate balance in the city.
The Civil Administration arranged for the transport of Yehia, an Arab boy from Bethlehem, to be treated at a hospital in Boston where he underwent a kidney transplant that saved his life.
The child was previously treated for kidney issues at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he received dialysis treatment. Eventually, Israeli doctors diagnosed that Yehia was in need of a new kidney.
Yehia was supposed to receive a kidney donated by his father, when the doctors at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petakh Tikva (where the surgery was meant to take place) detected an organ incompatibility.
The Health Coordinator at the Civil Administration, Dalia Bassa, contacted a team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which specializes in kidney diseases, and arranged for Yehia to receive the transplant there.
The Civil Administration flew Yehia to the US in January, 2012, where he stayed till April 24. Since his return, Yehia is undergoing frequent checkups at the Shaare Zedek Hospital.
Civil Administration Issues Construction Permits to Palestinians, While Throwing Jewish Residents to the StreetMonday, April 9th, 2012
While forcibly removing Jewish residents from their legally purchased home in Hebron, the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria has just issued construction permits for two United Nation’s Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA)-run Palestinian schools to be constructed in the region.
One of the schools is an all-male facility and the other all-female, in the Jalazone Palestinian refugee camp, located north of Ramallah. After the opening of the new school, additional classrooms for a boys’ school will be built.
In order to ensure the students’ safety, the Civil Administration, together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has begun building a pedestrian bridge over the street next to the school building.
According to the IDF Spokesperson’s office, the Civil Administration “constantly works to accommodate Palestinian life, arranging medical treatment at alternative hospitals and building medical facilities, saving lives. Environmental projects and projects to advance Palestinian commerce have been launched as well. Additionally, numerous workshops tightening cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian farmers, businessmen and more are held regularly.”
As to the same administration’s dealings with the Jews of Judea and Samaria, the story is a great deal murkier. The Jewish Authority in the Land of Israel, a large group of religious and secular Israelis from both sides of the green line, has issued the following statement regarding the forced evacuation of Jews from Machpelah House in Hebron:
There is no authority to any body or any government, Israeli or otherwise, to deny the purchase of land or houses by Jews, nor the Jewish ownership of such properties, both according to Torah law and under international law (l’havdil).These acts of negativity and destruction and damage are crimes against the Jewish people.
There is no difference in this respect between Netanyahu and Barak, and between the two of them and Abu Mazen, Ahmadinejad, Obama, the EU, Quartet, Turkey, China, or Russia.
They are all enemies of the Jewish people…
Any agreement between Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, to prepare a few settlements while expelling Jews from others, if such was signed, is repugnant, and anyone who can thwart it in any way should be congratulated…
We call upon every Jew in the land of Israel to come celebrate Passover near Machpelah House, for the whole country is our inheritance.
The IDF on Thursday, ahead of the Passover holiday, issued a closure order affecting Palestinians crossings into and out of Judea and samaria.
“In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense and as part of the situation assessments in the IDF, a general closure will be implemented in the Judea and Samaria region,” the IDF statement said.
The closure began late Thursday and will be lifted late Saturday “in accordance with security assessments,” the IDF said.
The statement also stated that “for the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional cases, will be permitted to pass for care, with the authorization of the Civil Administration.”