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End to Building Freeze in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Construction of housing units in Judea and Samaria is about to be reinstated by the subcommittee for settlement within the Civil Administration.

Some 296 housing units are to be built on land near the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El, where two buildings were to be demolished at the end of this month – another issue to be discussed tonight (Wed. July 22) at the subcommittee hearing on the issue. A base for Border Police is currently housed on the land under consideration for the housing project.

In addition, the subcommittee will discuss the construction of 27 housing units in Beit Arye, in southwestern Samaria, as well as 381 new housing units in Givat Ze’ev and 112 new housing units in Ma’ale Adumim.

Also on the agenda are requests for approval of dozens of new housing units already completed in Psagot and 22 more in Giv’on HaChadasha, as well as development plans for the Karnei Shomron industrial zone and the expansion of the Mekor Haim Yeshiva in Gush Etzion.

The subcommittee will also be asked to review plans to convert land from an open private area to one available for use in construction of public institutions and other structures.

Residents of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have been pressuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon over the issue of last year’s construction freeze. A letter was sent to Likud parliamentarians headed by the question: “Netanyahu is suffocating the settlements and the Likud remains silent?”

According to settler leaders, last week the prime minister said at a meeting, “We cannot develop the settlements further, but rather need to preserve what we have” – a comment the Likud later denied was said by Netanyahu.

Likud Breaching Bayit Yehudi’s Coalition Agreements One by One

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Bayit Yehudi party may be wondering if the coalition agreements it signed are worth the paper they’re written on.

Last week, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ruled that a coalition agreement between the Likud and Bayit Yehudi, which increased the budget to the Settlement Division is not valid and therefore won’t be implemented.

This week, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said that he refuses to transfer control of the Civil Administration over to Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan.

According to the coalition agreements, the Civil Administration is supposed to be under Ben-Dahan’s control.

The Civil Administration controls and coordinates security, construction and infrastructure in Area C of Judea and Samaria, specifically affecting Jewish and Arab communities there, as well as interfacing with the Palestinian Authority.

Instead, Yaalon said he wants Ben-Dahan to deal with Reservists and the Home Front.

A Bayit Yehudi party source very matter-of-factly told JewishPress.com, “We expect Likud to live up to the coalition agreement that was signed.”

He didn’t add any threats or warnings to his statement.

But what will Naftali Bennett do to enforce it?

PA Vehicles to be Allowed into Little Israel

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Civil Administration will begin allowing Palestinian Authority doctors to drive their personal cars over the Green Line and into pre-67 Israel.

This will be the first time since the year 2000 that personal cars with Palestinian Authority license plates will be allowed to freely cross over the Green Line. Official had restricted their access due to all the terror attacks by Palestinian Authority Arabs.

The permission will initially be granted to approximately 100 PA doctors who need more timely access to the Israeli hospitals where they work.

Security officials will be evaluating the permission on an ongoing basis.

In a few months, the permission may be expanded to include businessmen and merchants. In addition, other entry restrictions on PA Arabs have already been relaxed, based on age.

The Almagor organization, which represents Israeli terror victims, criticized the plan, saying it increased the risk of terror attacks against Israelis.

Meir Indor, who heads Almagor, said that he hopes the Civil Administration acts fairly, and if Palestinian Authority vehicles can enter [Green Line] Israel, then Israelis should be allowed to enter Area A, where Jews are currently not allowed to go.

Gov’t Reaches Partial Deal on Givat Assaf

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Residents of the Jewish community of Givat Assaf in Samaria have reached a partial agreement with the Defense Ministry over the fate of their homes.

The talks came in an effort to avoid a traumatic demolition similar to the one that took place Wednesday in Gush Etzion.

The deal, which came Thursday morning, means the residents will begin to dismantle five of their own houses and buildings by themselves. Included among the structures are a mikvah and an electrical utility building. The fate of seven other buildings is still under discussion.

According to the Civil Administration, residents have already removed their personal belongings from the buildings.

Under the agreement the residents are expected to have left their homes by Sunday, when the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer, which marks the passing of the great Torah sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, will already have started the night before.

Bonfires will have been kindled after the Shabbat has ended, lighting up the hillsides, valleys and beaches of Israel, including the mountainous regions in Judea and Samaria.

During the daylight hours Jews generally celebrate the holiday in parks and nature reserves, or at the mountaintop Galilee tomb of the sage, near Meron — but for residents of Givat Assaf, the only “celebration” may come in the form moving trucks.

Police Arrest Pregnant Yitzhar Woman for Inciting Against IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

In the hours before dawn on Wednesday, Israel Police awakened and arrested an eight-month pregnant woman in Yitzhar on suspicion of incitement to violence against security forces.

The woman, age 22, had allegedly advocated throwing rocks at Jews “even if the rock causes the death of a soldier” during discussions in an online Yitzhar residents’ email forum called “Yitzharniks.”

A second, 17-year-old resident also commented there is “no halachic problem in killing a soldier during a nighttime eviction” since according to halacha (Jewish law) one may kill anyone breaking and entering, thus posing a possible threat to life.

The conversation containing the incriminating comments was apparently forwarded to police and IDF Central Command by one of the participants, according to a report published by the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharanot.

The newspaper also interviewed the young woman’s mother, who commented, “The young generation is tired of walking around crouched and afraid. My daughter told me in conversation that just like Arab women walk around freely in Israel, there’s no reason that a Jewish women shouldn’t be able to as well… My daughter isn’t stupid. She’ll take responsibility for what she wrote even if she’s wrong.”

The opinion is not unanimous, however, despite a violent incident last month in which residents expressed anger at the demolition of buildings near the outskirts of the Jewish community, located in Samaria (Shomron).

“We have denounced this kind of talk in the past and will do so in future as well,” Yitzhar community spokesperson Ezri Tuvi told media in a statement. “This involves a minor and a woman whose emotions caused their tongues to slip and who already retracted their words.

“On the other hand, we demand the media fully denounce all talk of violence and incitement to hatred and physical harm against the settler public.”

Leftist Yesh Atid chairman and Finance Minister Yair Lapid responded that “Words easily turn into deeds. Some of Yitzhar’s residents have already proven that they have no limits or red lines. A threat to harm IDF soldiers is an action against the state’s sovereignty and against a hallowed basic value of the State of Israel.”

Israel to Demolish 3 Illegal Arab Homes

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
If you voted for Power for Israel, a party that promotes obedience to the law on the part of everyone, including Arabs, it appears that someone in the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria paid attention. Israeli forces issued demolition orders to three homes in a village 10 miles west of Hebron on Monday, a local official told the Ma’an news agency.
Homes belonging to Hussein Allah, Abdulla Allah and Abed Abu Zalata, as well as a chicken coup, were issued demolition orders because they were unlicensed, the mayor of Idhna village, Hashim al-Tamaizi, told Ma’an.”Israel is trying to force Palestinians to leave the area,” al-Tamaizi said, adding that the separation wall had already annexed a large amount of land from the village.

And if by forcing them to leave you mean expecting them to apply for a permit for new construction, you may be right.
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This Is How the UN and the European Union Intentionally Promote Illegal Construction in Judea And Samaria

Sunday, 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.

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