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September 28, 2016 / 25 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Maale Adumim’

Liberman Cites International Pressure over Arab Squaterville in Area C

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday sat with schoolchildren in the Jewish community of Susiya in south Mt. Hebron, next door to which a squatter Arab community has emerged recently, in an obvious attempt to challenge Israeli sovereignty over Area C of Judea and Samaria. Liberman told the children the encroachment by the residents of Yata Village to the lands near Susiya was not an accident, but a planned effort to physically separate the new community of Susiya and the historic synagogue on the nearby archeological site.

Susiya is a legitimate archaeological site in the southern Judean Mountains that bears the archaeological remains of a 5th century CE enormous synagogue, one of the largest and most magnificent ever discovered, which was turned into a mosque by the Arab invaders in the 8th century.

“Are you familiar with the archeological site of Susiya?” Liberman asked, and continued, “One day all kinds of illegal buildings started popping there, supported by foreign countries. And why did they pop there? On purpose, to divide between the community of Susiya and the historic Susiya.”

Liberman revealed that he had been under “pressure from all over the world” not to apply the demolition order handed out more than once by the Supreme Court. “The European Union, the US — they all discovered Susiya. Suddenly the United Nations Security Council is also interested in Susiya.” He promised the children he would obey the law and carry out the demolitions. “The free world is preaching especially for this to be a country of laws, and we must honor our judiciary system,” he said, with a hint of sarcasm.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that the demolitions of illegal Arab construction in Area C, which is under full Israeli control, violate the recommendations of the so-called Middle East Quartet, comprising the US, Russia, the EU and the UN, on the way forward in the peace process.

Liberman attacked the Europeans and the Americans who demand that Israel ignore the Supreme Court ruling to demolish Susiya, but to enforce the same court’s ruling on demolishing the Jewish Amona community in northern Samaria. “We are a country of laws,” he said, and we will honor ourselves and our laws, regarding Amona, E1 (the area connecting Jerusalema nd Ma’ale Adumim), and Susiya,” he clarified.

Liberman called on the residents of Amona to embrace the compromise being offered by the government, and moved to the promised homes to be built near their community. “I say to the residents of Amona, there’s a ruling of the high court and we will obey it. If anyone is delusing themselves that we won’t, it’s not going to happen. Whatever the court permits we will do. That’s why we offered many alternatives, and I hope we’ll find one the Amona residents will also accept.”

David Israel

Likud MK Miki Zohar Informs Netanyahu He’s Quitting

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Likud Knesset member Miki Zohar met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday afternoon to inform his party leader that he intends to leave the government.

Zohar told Netanyahu he intends to resign from the Knesset in the near future for personal reasons. No details were released to the media.

Although the prime minister urged Zohar to stay in his position, it is not as if the party lacks other candidates waiting in the wings.

Attorney Hila Mark, a resident of the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim, will be next on the Likud list to replace Zohar if he moves ahead with his plans to resign.

Hana Levi Julian

EU Criticizes Demolition of Illegal Structures in Judea and Samaria

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Israeli security forces continued its demolition of structures illegally built and sponsored by the European Union throughout Judea and Samaria this past week, prompting strong criticism from the EU.

“The regrettable trend of confiscations and demolitions since the beginning of the year, including of EU-funded humanitarian assistance, was confirmed once again this week by demolitions of temporary shelters in Jabal al-Baba, a Bedouin community in the so-called E1 area,” an EU spokesperson said shortly before the weekend.

The “so-called E1 area” referenced by the EU spokesperson is a region located east of Jerusalem within the municipality of the Israeli community of Maale Adumim. The EU wants to settle Arabs in the E1 area.

“The EU is strongly opposed to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, including demolitions and confiscations, building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, evictions and forced transfers,” the EU spokesperson continued.

The illegal EU structures are built in areas recognized by the Oslo Accords, to which the EU is a party, as being under custodial control of Israel – the parts of Judea and Samaria known as Area C. The EU maintains that it is permitted to build in the Israeli-controlled territory because Israel does not sufficiently “care for the needs of the occupied population.”

“Israel’s role as the occupying power under international law is to care for the needs of the occupied population,” explained EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen in an open Facebook chat with Israelis earlier this month. “Since, in some cases, Israel does not fulfill that responsibility, the EU has extended vital humanitarian aid such as shelters and water cisterns to people where they live.”

Israel has rejected this claim and has informed the European Union that it considers such construction illegal.

“They’re building without authorization, against the accepted rules, and there’s a clear attempt to create political realities there,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in January. “And when we take down this illegal construction we’re then, again, condemned, so it’s a catch-22 here. I think we have to reset our relationship with the EU.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Terror Attack Foiled Near Jerusalem Suburb

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Border Guard Police stopped a Palestinian Authority Arab from carrying out an attack against Jews Saturday night.

The suspect, a 36-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was arrested Saturday afternoon after he was found with a brand-new Israel Police uniform., still in the package and ready to be worn for carrying out an attack.

The uniform was discovered when the taxi in which the suspect was riding was searched at the Mishor Adumim checkpoint at around 12 noon.

Security personnel had received a tip about the would-be terrorist prior to the arrival of the taxi at the checkpoint. When the vehicle arrived and the suspect was identified, Border Police surrounded the taxi and made the arrest.

“Upon receiving the intelligence, we deployed a large police unit and rapidly located the suspect, arresting him shortly after,” the unit commander said in a statement.

“Thanks to precise intelligence, determination and the vigilance of our security forces, we were able to make the arrest before the suspect was able achieve his goal,” he added.

Mishor Adumim is the name of an industrial part located in the industrial zone of the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim, about a ten minute drive east of the capital. The park is managed by the Ma’ale Adumim Economic Development Company Ltd.

Hana Levi Julian

Rock Attack on Egged Bus from Ma’ale Adumim

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked an Israeli bus traveling from the Jewish city of Ma’ale Adumim to Jerusalem on Sunday night.

Using ancient, primitive but effective weapons, the attackers threw stones at the bus. No one was physically injured, although the attack itself traumatized those within the vehicle.

Details were not released regarding the condition of the bus.

Hana Levi Julian

SodaStream Forced to Lay Off Last PA Workers Thanks to Terror & BDS

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The SodaStream plant in Lehavim was forced to lay off the remaining 74 Arab workers Monday who had transferred with the company in October from the Palestinian Authority.

SodaStream produces a small machine for homemakers to create their own fizzy drinks.

There was no choice. SodaStream had been forced to move from its site on the “other” side of the 1949 Armistice Line due to pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement ending the jobs of 500 PA workers.

A boycott of Israeli products in PA-controlled territories had proved effective, persuading SodaStream there was no point in remaining in the area.

The BDS coordinator in the PA capital city of Ramallah – Mahmoud Nawaja’a – called the loss of the jobs at SodaStream “part of the price that should be paid in the process of ending the occupation.” But then, Nawaja’a was not one of those who lost his livelihood.

Last year’s European Union labeling requirements forcing Israeli companies to indicate whether their products were made in areas outside of pre-1967 Israel only aided and abetted the BDS boycotts.

The welcome move by the British government last month to ban the public sector boycotts of Israeli suppliers came too late for SodaStream’s PA Arab workers.

In addition, after the start of the terror wave, Israel cut off work permits because many of the murderous terrorists attacking innocent civilians were found to be PA residents with work permits and no criminal records.

That was the employment death knell for the PA workers who had been able to move with the company to its new location in Lehavim.

“There is no hope in Palestine,” Anas Abdul Wadud Ghayth told Voice of America. Ghayth is one of the Arab workers from the Palestinian Authority. “There is little work; we can’t be happy there like we were happy here.”

The company said it would fight to get the work permits back for its PA Arab employees.

“If the government of Israel does not allow the Palestinians to get to their jobs, I will bring those jobs to the Palestinians. That is not a threat. It is a fact,” said Daniel Birnbaum, SodaStream’s CEO.

According to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), 58,000 Palestinian Authority residents still hold permits to work in Israel. Another 27,000 are working for Israeli businesses in Jewish communities and industrial zones in Judea and Samaria.

Hana Levi Julian

3 Border Police, 2 Arabs Hurt in Vehicle Ramming Near Ma’ale Adumim

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Three Border Guard Police officers were hurt in a vehicle ramming near Ma’ale Adumim on Saturday afternoon.

The incident occurred when two Palestinian Authority Arabs infiltrated Israel from a point near the Metzudat Adumim base. A third Arab was waiting for them on the other side of the security fence.

A police lookout spotted the two as they infiltrated and got into an Israeli vehicle, according to Jerusalem police. The car was waiting for the pair near the al-Zaim checkpoint. It headed towards Jerusalem as soon as they closed the door.

The lookout notified Border Guard Police units in the area, and as they neared Metzudat Adumim one unit began the chase. The vehicle got caught in a traffic jam near the Metzudat Adumim junction.

Three Border Guard police exited their vehicle and approached on foot; the suspects jammed the car in reverse, hitting the car behind them. The car then drove straight at the officers “who were in immediate and tangible danger” and opened fire at the vehicle. The car kept driving, over the barrier and made a U-turn, heading back towards al-Zaim.

The three wounded officers, ages 21, 29 and 43 were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center with severe bruising.

The Arab suspects, meanwhile, soon found they were blocked by a second Border Guard Police jeep. The fleeing Arab vehicle slammed into the jeep, hard, and stopped.

The driver, 40, was bruised in the jaw; he was also taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center along with a 14-year-old with a gunshot wound. The second Arab passenger was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Hana Levi Julian

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