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Ombudsman Bares the Facts in ‘Wild West Bank’

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The State Comptroller, Israel’s version of an ombudsman, issued a critical report Wednesday exposing wholesale lawlessness in Judea and Samaria, known in most media as the West Bank but which in fact are the “Wild West” Bank in some areas.

State Comptroller Shapira wrote that “everyone does as he sees fit” in Judea and Samaria. He cited Jews as well as Arabs for building and taxpaying violations, but most of his accusations towards Jews stem from lack of manpower to collect property taxes.

The Comptroller said the lack of investigations is costing the government millions of dollars. Some of that money is being kept in the pockets of Jews, but a vast majority of it is in the satchels of Arab residents in the area.

The southern Hevron Hills, where I live, easily wins as the most lawless area in Judea and Samaria. As for illegal building, Shapira’s report was couched in words that were politically correct. He stated that both Jews and Arabs violate building laws, but he wrote elsewhere in the report that with the exception of approximately five percent of Arabs in Judea Samaria, none of them pay fees for property and leases on buildings.

The report’s claim that Jews build illegally prompted Peace Now to demand to threaten a petition to the Supreme Court to order enforcement of regulations.

Peace Now should be careful what it wishes, because it might get what it wants – in the face.

The fact is that building inspectors usually pounce on Jews for building even a porch without a permit. The Comptroller’s charges against Jews in Judea and Samaria are probably true when it comes to outposts. There is no doubt that Jews build there faster than authorities can move. However, when the Defense Ministry wants to, it has no problem ordering the Border Police to bring in bulldozers in the middle of the night, pulling young women and babies out of their beds, and plowing over their houses.

Adding insult to injury, authorities invite Arabs to move in and pick up the property. That policy has been a lot less frequent since Ehud Barak did Israel a big favor and quit politics – again.

Enforcement of building regulations in Judea and Samaria is near zero when it comes to Arabs. A case point is Highway 60, the only road that connects Arad, to the south, with the southern Hevron Hills, Kiryat Arba, Gush Etzion and Jerusalem.

The European Union – the same body that has announced it will not be involved with any financial dealings with Israelis in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and what was once Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem – has poured tens of millions of dollars into the southern Hevron Hills, paying Arabs to move in and donating everything from schools to wind turbines.

Illegal building is rampant and violates all building codes. Dozens of homes and stores now border Highway 60, without the legal distance to keep the buildings from literally siting on the highway’s shoulders.

As for lack of manpower, the police have no problem conducting criminal investigations against Jews within 24 hours after an Arab files a complaint.

When a Jew files a complaint against an Arab, it is – without exaggeration – almost always ignored. If the police every get around to investigating, they often end up according the Jew. The reason for the lack of enforcement against Arabs is not a lack of manpower. It is from a lack of will and an unstated police policy of “malign neglect” when it comes to Jews outside of the main population centers in Judea and Samaria. It was the same government attitude towards Jews in Gush Katif that contributed to the lack of security against Arab terrorists and created a sentiment that the country would be better off without Jews living in Gaza.

No one at the time listened to warnings that Israel also would be worse off with missile attacks on Ashkelon, Rehovot, and Tel Aviv.

The Comptroller also cited lawlessness on the highways in Judea and Samaria.

Traffic safety is a deadly joke.

Occasionally, when the police want to punish Jews for “price tag” attacks, they set up roadblocks and give out tickets for worn tires or broken windshield wipers.

Arabs are rarely stopped, at least not in the southern Hevron Hills. Massive complaints by area residents recently brought out the police for a brief traffic check, but when police give out tickets to Arabs, that usually is the end of it. The Arab drivers do not need Israeli licenses, so they don’t pay fines. They often drive without licenses and with unlicensed cars.

The southern Hevron hills is categorically  the most dangerous place  in the country for motorists. Arab drivers routinely drive on the hilly and curvy two-lane road as if it were the Jersey Turnpike.

They not only pass on a curve, they also often pass another Arab vehicle that is passing on a curve, using the left shoulder to maneuver and assuming that any car coming in the opposite direction is going to play dodge’em.

The most dangerous element in driving on Highway 60  is not Arab terrorists trying to cause a fatal crash by throwing rocks,. It is Arab drivers hell-bent on committing suicide so long as he can kill a few Jews at the same. It is not intentional. They simply don’t care.

That is their lifestyle in the southern Hevron Hills, which was barren of Jews and Arabs until Jews started to move in in 1986, for the first time in 1,500 years. Then the Arabs, sponsored by international leftists, all of a sudden laid claims to land that is not found on any land registry.

They have taken over most of what used to be government land, and as the Comptroller’s report indicates, they have established de facto anarchy in the area, with government help of turning a blind eye.

When the Education Minister Misplaced Hebron

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Most people don’t realize how close we were to losing Kever Rachel (Rachel’s Tomb) in Bethlehem during Oslo.

Not understanding the historical and religious significance of this holy site, and according to some, not knowing about it at all, Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin had originally included the Tomb site in Area A, the section of the Land of Israel that was to be handed over to the Arabs.

Only heartfelt pleas by MKs Chanan Porat (Mafdal) and Menachem Porush (UTJ) succeeded, at the last minute, to rescue our matriarch’s resting place from falling into Arab hands, and likely, the same despicable desecration and destruction that befell Joseph’s tomb in Shechem (Nablus) after the Arabs had received control of that site.

In 1997, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave away 80 percent of the city of Hebron to the Arabs as part of the Wye River Agreement. Today, 97 percent of Hebron is off-limit to Jews. Even now the occasional call can still be heard to expel the Jews from the remaining 3 percent of Hebron, so it would all be handed over to the Arabs.

In 2005, 10,000 Jews were expelled from Gush Katif and northern Shomron.

A common refrain heard from soldiers, police and even the moving people who were evacuating Gush Katif residents was how “normal” the towns of Gush Katif appeared, because they had expected them to be desolate caravans and outposts in the desert.The average Israeli had no idea just how beautiful and robust those places were, and how much they were like every other town in Israel.

In today’s news, the EU is trying to force Israel to divide our land nearly in half using economic threats, and, much like in the case of Gush Katif, only relatively few Israelis know what a magnificent urban sprawl of Jewish life has risen there.

In March 2011, Education Minister Gidon Sa’ar (Likud) introduced a pilot project requiring that, along with a requisite visit to Jerusalem, every student, at least once between the first and twelfth grades, would visit Hebron, the city purchased at full price from the gentiles by Abraham, where our patriarchs and matriarchs are buried.

There was the typical outcry from the radical left, but Sa’ar went ahead with the pilot, and religious and not religious students began to visit Hebron, many for the first time in their lives.

The trips were not used for “indoctrination”, nor for “whitewashing” history. Students were encouraged to have open discussions on the history and politics surrounding the city. Two thousand students have participated in the program to date.

The Hebron pilot was successful and set to expand, and its significance cannot be overstated.

We’ve already seen that it’s easy to throw away or ignore the loss of Kever Rachel, Hebron, and Gush Katif, when you’ve never been there. Too many of our students have a difficulty explaining why they live in Israel and why they aren’t “occupiers”.

But when a student learns in school about his ancestors and his shared history, and then visits the site he has just learned about and discovers that it’s just a short bus ride away from his home, it’s no longer just a textbook fact to be forgotten after the test, it’s a reality that can’t be discarded or ignored.

What Gidon Sa’ar accomplished, and was set to accomplish was astounding.

But what Gidon Sa’ar began to build, the new Education Minister who replaced him, Shai Piron (Yesh Atid), managed to destroy effortlessly.

Upon entering office, Minister Shai Piron introduced a new program, where Hebron is just one of a group of possible sites schools may visit. Other sites, that Piron equated in importance to Hebron, are development towns in the Negev, the Jordan Valley, and “other sites of importance”.

In short, Piron took a unique educational moment, and filed it under “irrelevant.”

I call on Minister Piron to reinstate the program for mandatory visits to Hebron for every school. The importance of this trip, connecting Jewish students to their history, to the birthplace of Jewish civilization, to understanding why they are in Israel, is as important for their education as it is for this country’s future.

Muslims ‘Celebrate’ Ramadan by Vandalizing Patriarchs’ Cave

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Muslims took advantage of privileges during the month of Ramadan at the Ma’arat HaMachpelah (Patriarchs’ Cave) in Hevron on Friday to rip off mezuzahs from a Jewish prayer room and vandalize the site.

Jews were barred from the holy site this past Friday because of the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan. Muslim vandals “celebrated” the opportunity of the absence of Jews on the eve of the Sabbath Friday night to rip mezuzahs off the doorposts of prayer halls and damage property.

Israeli radio and print media routinely headline any “price tag” vandalism of Arab property or mosques, but when Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan describe the desecration, the news broadcaster suggested, “Isn’t that just graffiti?”

Unlike the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Cave is used by Jews and Muslims with each religion having its own prayer halls. There are 10 days a year when “Olam Yitzchak” is barred to Muslims and is opened to Jews, and there are 10 days a year, such as last Friday, when Jews are prohibited from praying at the Patriarchs’ Cave.

Rabbi Ben Dahan visited the Patriarchs’ Cave on Sunday and said, “I cannot understand how Palestinians, who have come to pray, could commit such an ugly act. The Arab leaders should condemn these actions.”

The Muslims sabotaged irrigation systems, tore out plants and flowers, damaged furniture and left filth everywhere as reminder of their visit.

In another anti-Semitic incident, hikers who visited the “Avraham Spring” on Friday discovered that anti-Semites has scrawled swastikas in the area.

Harel Zehira, a youth group leader who discovered the vandalism, told Tazpit News Agency: “We were shocked by the spectacle. We immediately notified the security forces and worked to erase the vandalism.”
“There is no doubt that the collaboration between world Anti-Semitism and radical Islam is a dangerous phenomenon which should be eradicated,” Hevron Jewish community spokesman Noam Arnon told Tazpit.

Jewish Access to Ma’arat HaMachpelah to be Limited During Ramadan

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The Ma’arat HaMachpela (Tomb of the Patriarchs) in Hebron will be closed to Jews over the next 4 Fridays, due to the Muslim celebration of Ramadan that began today.

Jewish prayers on Friday and on Friday night will instead be held on the seventh step. Before Israel retook control of the Tomb, the Muslims forbade Jews to go up to the building beyond the seventh step.

On Shabbat day, Ma’arat HaMachpelah will be open to Jewish access as normal.

We remind our readers to be careful when walking near or in the Old City of Jerusalem, as Ramadan has become a time when Arab attacks on Jews have traditionally increased in that part of the city.

Palestinian Authority Army Cadet Killed in Clash with IDF

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

A 19-year-old Palestinian Authority army cadet was killed on Monday during a riot southwest of Hevron, where the IDF was patrolling the village of Dura, a hotbed of Hamas terrorists.

Arabs threw rocks at the army vehicles, and the cadet, Muataz Idris Shrawana, was killed either by army gunfire or was run over by a vehicle when he tried to climb on an IDF jeep.

He was training at the American-funded  Palestinian Authority Military Academy in Jericho, and his intentions as a PA soldier were apparent by his participating in the riot.

 

The Saga of Ancient ‘Palestinian Susiya’ – The Town That Never Was

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Palestinian Authority, with direct financing of the  European Union and blind acceptance of lies as facts by media, is swallowing up the southern Hevron Hills, a huge area between Kiryat Arba-Hevron and Arad-Be’er Sheva.

The latest chapter in the Palestinian Authority’s re-invention of history is taking place in Susiya, pronounced “Soos-eeya,” located two miles from the old borders of Israel, on the western edge of the Judean Desert that leads to the Dead Sea, and less than half an hour from Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev.

The Arab strategy: An Arab family erects a tent, illegally, near the archaeological site of the ancient town of Susiya. As time passes, the tent becomes a makeshift structure, which expands into several structures. With the support of extreme left-wing activists, the ‘ancient’ town of ‘Palestinian Susiya’ is invented, reported the Tazpit News Agency.

“This makes for a great human interest story, but for one setback – the ‘ancient Palestinian Susiya’ never existed. It shows up on no records,” Tazpit wrote.

Yigal Dilmoni, deputy director-general of the Yesha Council, told Tazpit, ”Fifteen-year-old aerial photos clearly show that there was no Arab village at this site… The Arabs have come for the village of Yatta, and… repeatedly disseminate lies. ”

Last week, the Civil Lands Authority issued approximately 40 stop-work orders against projects funded by the European Union and intended to firm up Palestinian Authority claims to land where they never lived until Jews came to the area in 1983.

In that year, for the first time in 1,500 years, Jews began living in the southern Hevron Hills, setting up a community in nearby Beit Yatir, two miles to the south, and in Susiya, where the old Jewish town existed until approximately the 6th century.

Until 1983, the area experienced zero growth. Hot summers, cold winters, with occasional snow, and the lack of roads and water resources kept people away. Any land that was farmed by Arabs was done during the spring and summer and abandoned after harvest time, until the following year.

None of the land was ever registered as owned by anyone. During the Ottoman Empire, and under the British Mandate, the rulers of Hevron would sit in their living rooms and parcel out lands arbitrarily. That was the extent of “ownership.”

When Jews came to Beit Yatir, the Arabs followed. Three families from  Yatta, a city adjacent to Hevron, fled because of family crimes, such as rape, and set up camp on a hill adjacent to Yatir, Their village quickly became known as the “Thieves’ Village,” for obvious reasons. They claim, of course, that they have been living there from time immemorial.

As a resident of Beit Yatir, and a security officer at the time, I and my colleague reported theft after theft to the police –laundry on the clothes lines, tricycles, shoes left outside and anything else that was not nailed to the ground. Further down the road, our moshav’s tractors often were stolen and tracks always led to the Thieves’ Village.

The police, of course, did nothing.

Susiya was established in the same year. No Arab lived there. Nor did they live in the ruins of the old city of Susiya.

But when the Civil Lands Authority last week issued the stop-work orders, the first step towards demolition orders, the left-wing movements and the Palestinian Authority reinvented history.

“The Palestinian village of Khirbet [ruins of] Susiya has existed in the South Hebron Hills at least since the 1830.”

The International Solidarity Movement wrote last week, “The residents of Susiya include more than 30 families, who were all evacuated from their homes in the old Susiya village and forced to relocate 200 meters to the southeast, in 1986,”

It is a lie. They never lived there, not in 1830 and not in 1986 and not in 1996.  A handful of Arabs sowed the land in the spring, harvest the crop in the late summer and went back to Yatta. Period.

“Susiya has been the site of creative non-violent resistance for years, resistance that is continually met with brutality,” according to the ISM.

Part of the “non-violent resistance was the cold-blooded murder of my friend Yair Har Sinai in 2001. He was shot in dead in the head and the back by terrorists while, unarmed, he was tending his flock of sheep.

The police and army, of course did nothing for five years, even though his murderers were known.

The same pattern has repeated itself over the past 15 years.

Rabbis for Human Rights has helped the Palestinian Authority destroy Jewish farms. Across the street from our home on Yatir, the Talya family, converts from South Africa, planted and cared for dozens of acres of land for a decade. The leftists moved in one day, ripped everything out, helped the Arabs plant, and won support from the IDF.

Several years, our community’s children along with hundreds of other school students, celebrated Tu B’Shvat by planting planted more than 1,500 saplings on land adjacent to the our regional headquarters. A “rabbi” from the Human Rights group marched in, and announced that the children were illegal occupiers. The next day, the saplings mysteriously disappeared.

Why? Politics.

There is no law in the southern Hevron Hills. There is politics. There are IDF officers who want to advance in the ranks and have to adopt the government policy, which is “malign neglect” of Jews.

As security officer at the time, I was called by the Talya family to come to their farm becuase five Arabs had trespassed. When I arrived, I saw them surveying the land, well within the fence of the Talya farm which is legally zoned for Yatir agriculture.

I called the authorities, and an officer asked me, “What are they doing?”

“They are  surveying the land.” I answered. “Today, they survey. Tomorrow, they claim it is theirs, and the next day they plant and build.”

His reply was, ”What do you care? They are not bothering you.”

The government looks the other way, preferring to set its red lines around Efrat and Maaleh Adumim.

Losing control of the southern Hevron Hills is a free pass to terrorists who use the back trails to smuggle weapons from Bedouins in the Negev, as far away as the Dead Sea and south of Arab. Terrorists also take explosives from the area and use the same route to travel freely and wait for the right moment to blow up Jews in urban centers, from Be’er Sheva to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem.

The gradual erosion of Israel control over what is supposed to be Israeli-cojntrolled “Area C” has endangered the entire area. Thousands of Arabs have moved in, set up tents and built homes with the funding of hundreds of millions of dollars by the European Union.

Lacking any history of the area, most media swallow up the Arab story, hook, line and sinker.

Shin Bet Foils Hamas Plot to Kill Israeli, Hold Body for Barter

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) lifted a gag  order on Tuesday and revealed it arrested two Hamas and Islamic Jihad cells in the Hevron area before they could carry out plans to murder an Israeli and use the body as a bargaining chip to gain the release of jailed terrorists.

The exposure of terrorist cells has grown at an alarming rate. Less than two days before the gag order was lifted, the IDF raided the home of a wanted terrorist near Shechem and confiscated hundreds of rounds of ammunition, IDF uniforms and protective vests, a gun and knives.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad cells operated in the village of Bani Naim, located five miles southeast of Hevron and near Highway 60 that runs from Kiryat Arab-Hevron to the southern Hevron Hills and Arad.

The Hamas cell had targeted a nearby Jewish farm, where it planned to murder a Jew and hide the body until it could win the release of Palestinian Authority terrorists and security prisoners.

Security personnel confiscated instructions for building explosive devices, one of which already had been completed.

The Palestinian Authority has remained silent after every exposure of a terrorist cell. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas  previously has alternately denounced terror while justifying “resistance.”

The Palestinian Authority is committed to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, but the IDF usually carries out arrest operations.

The Jewish Press asked the IDF if the PA was involved in the recent counterterrorist actions.

“There is ongoing coordination with the Palestinian security forces. We cannot discuss specifics,” a spokeswoman answered.

Behind the vague statement, there are several possibilities.

– the PA is afraid that terrorists will turn their guns on them if it is known that the Arab security forces are cooperating with Israel;

–  the Palestinian Authority security forces are restricting their actions to hauling in criminals and giving out traffic tickets; or

– Abbas is letting his lack of condemnation of the terrorist plots as a sign of encouragement for “martyrdom,” in tandem with PA media incitement for attacks on Israelis.

Take your pick.

The ‘Disabled’ Terrorist Stood Up to Attack IDF

Monday, April 15th, 2013

IDF soldiers stopped a large-scale terrorist plot in the works with the arrest of a known Hevron terrorist who Arab media claimed who was critically injured even though he was disabled and has been confined to a wheelchair.

Amjad al-Najjar, the director of the Palestinian Prisoners Society office in Hevron, “denounced the arrest raid targeting a man who is already unable  to walk without assistance,” the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported.

The terrorist, Motaz Faraj Ibedo, was reported as being unable to walk on his own since he was shot in 2011 in the abdomen, and supposedly was “permanently disabled” after a bullet allegedly ruptured internal organs.

Just to make the case even more thrilling, Ibedo claimed he was shot while in custody and cannot walk because of paralyzed left leg.

But even Maan reported  without any contradiction, that an IDF spokeswoman said he “threw objects including a gas can at soldiers” and tried to snatch a soldier’s rifle.

For someone who can’t walk, he is pretty athletic.

The Jewish Press asked the IDF exactly what happened and got a slightly different version.

First of all, Ibedo was arrested for being involved in terrorist activity – again – but nothing small-time.

He “was involved in  something very serious, not marginal, but I can’t share any more information with you because the case still is under investigation,” and IDF spokesman told the Jewish Press.

There is some other information that Maan did not report. For example, he was arrested in a hideout, not in his home.

And the “handicapped” man “threw at the soldiers everything he could get his hands on,” such as hammers, said a military spokeswoman. “I won’t say he does not have a disability, but he can walk,” a spokesman added.

For a man who supposedly cannot walk on his own, he must have had an angel helping him because he walked down the stairs from the second floor, where soldiers nabbed him, and then tried to grab a soldier’s rifle.

The soldier then shot him in the hand. The “critical” injury amounted to his losing a finger, according to the IDF. Actually, it was a critical injury for the terrorist, whose ability to kill a soldier or Israeli civilian with a rifle is now severely limited.

The spokesman noted that even if he were in a wheelchair, “That does not give him a free pass.”

For years, foreign media have gobbled up Arab media reports that Israel’s counterterrorist actions have killed the handicapped, the elderly, pregnant women and mentally ill people.

Several “pregnant women” were discovered in ambulances during the Oslo War, otherwise known as the Second Intifada. On closer inspection, the “pregnant women” often turned out to be terrorists with weapons and suicide belts on their way to “delivery.”

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