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June 30, 2016 / 24 Sivan, 5776

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Report: Israeli Civil Administration Accelerates Mapping of State Lands in Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) in 2015 re-mapped an area of 62 thousand hectares in Judea and Samaria, in a manner that may hint at plans for wide range construction there, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The re-mapping is carried out by a special task force dubbed the “blue line” team, within COGAT. The work involves examining state lands that were declared in the last century. The old maps are being digitally scanned to enhance their accuracy. The report notes that Israeli law demands re-mapping areas that were declared state land before 1999 before releasing them to construction.

The report, composed by Dror Etkes, founder of Kerem Navot, an NGO “monitoring the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,” is based entirely on speculation over the map digitizing effort at COGAT, which may be simply an administrative move to preserve them, rather than a secret plot to populate those areas. However, since Etkes is not a newcomer to observing and reporting on the Jewish settlement enterprise, his conclusions, coming as they are from a hostile, leftwing source, may be a cause for (muted) celebration in rightwing circles.

“It’s important to understand that the mapping efforts are directed almost exclusively at the depth of Judea and Samaria and to settlements which are well outside the ‘settlement clusters,’ as well as, most emphatically, to areas declared by Israel to be ‘fire zones’ despite the fact that in reality they are part of the lands reserve which Israel gradually assigns to settlement,” Etkes told Ha’aretz.

The re-mapping effort of those 62 thousand hectares constitutes a significant increase in the rate of this work, compared with only 20 thousand hectares re-mapped in 2014 and 13 thousand in 2013.

Ha’aretz speculates that one of the goals of the new, wholesale re-mapping effort, is intended to deny Arabs living in the fire zones the right to appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court against infrastructure and construction work carried out near their homes. Should such appeals be filed, Israel would be within its rights to argue that the Arab homes were built after the area had been declared state land.

Etkes also suggests that the re-mapping of areas near Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria indicates planned expansions. He noted 962 hectares re-mapped near Nokdim, and 3 hectares outside Gitit.

JNi.Media

Abandoned Car on Highway 5 Was Checked for Explosives But Found to be Stolen Vehicle

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

When a car ignored an order to stop and instead careened through a checkpoint on the cross-Samaria Highway Wednesday afternoon, security personnel immediately contacted regional police Wednesday afternoon.

But upon seeing the vehicle stop meters away and its occupants exit the car and dash away, the officers also summoned the bomb squad to the scene, just to be sure.

In the current environment, you can’t be too careful, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The incident took place near the Jewish community of Oranit, located just a few minutes away from Highway 6 and about 10 minutes northeast of Petach Tikva.

The highway was closed in both directions as sappers began to check the car for explosives. Happily, there’s good news: the vehicle was stolen and the papers found inside were fake.

The highway has since been reopened to traffic.

All’s well that ends well. Police arrested a suspect in connection with the theft within the hour, and transferred the detainee to security personnel for questioning.

No injuries were reported.

Hana Levi Julian

The Four-State Solution

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

No one who claims to be an advocate of a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is really being honest about it.

If they were, they’d admit that a Palestinian state already exists, more than one in fact.

75% of Mandatory Palestine, which was promised for the Jewish state, was ripped away and given to the Hashemite invaders, eventually being renamed Jordan.

Some 80% of Jordan’s citizens self-identify as Palestinian.

So despite the Hashemite occupation and dictatorship, there already exists a fully-functioning Jew-free Palestinian state with a self-identified Palestinian majority.

But put Jordan aside, then there’s Gaza.

100% Arab ruled. 100% self-identified Palestinian population. Zero Jews.

Under blockade? True, but only because of their ongoing terrorism. The blockade would end tomorrow if they stopped trying to destroy Israel today.

So Gaza is the second Palestinian state currently in existence.

But for the two-staters, those two existing Jew-free Palestinian states just aren’t enough.

They want Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to be the third Palestinian state.

The autonomous Palestinian Authority, with zero Jews, already acts as a State in those areas it controls, but the two-staters want it bigger, much bigger. They also want the Jewish People’s holiest sites to be included in this third Palestinian state.

And then finally, there’s little Israel, with it’s 20% Arab population, into which some two-staters want to import/flood with even more self-identified Palestinians, to eventually outnumber the Jews, creating a fourth Palestinian state.

So enough with the two-state solution, because we already have more than that.

It’s time you two-staters admit that what you really want is a four-state solution, or maybe not even that – perhaps all you really want is no-Jewish state solution.

JoeSettler

What Do Jews in Judea and Samaria Think About Their Arab Neighbors?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

What do people in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. “settlers”) think about their Arab neighbors? I often see allegations – almost always false – about racism, hatred towards Arabs, and the resultant damage done to Arab limb and property. Being a Jew in Samaria, being an educator and a rabbi, I think I can testify and clarify.

Let me answer by first saying: everyone should have a hobby. My hobby is to guide in the Western Wall Tunnels, tunnels inadvertently created when support arches were built in the 13th century, adjacent to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount built by the king of Judea – Herod – over two thousand years ago. Sometimes I’ll guide a group of thirty five collected assorted individuals from different countries, cultures, and religions. Opposite a two thousand year old gateway to the Temple Mount, I squeeze the entire group together, in order to illustrate what I consider to be the most important point I wish to make in the ninety minute tour:

“See how crowded we all are here? Just imagine how crowded it was during the holidays, when Jews from all over the world gathered here in Jerusalem, as per the religious obligation in Judaism to go to the Temple three times every year. There could be hundreds of thousands of people in Jerusalem, so that any time you went up to the Temple – there could be thousands and thousands of people up on the Temple Mount. It could be so crowded that you’d probably be jostled around by the crowd. Now, isn’t that aggravating? How do you keep your peace of mind, staying tuned to the awesome holiness of the Temple, while being pushed about because of the crowd? The key is: you have to really, really love people – and if do you love people, then you don’t mind being in a big crowd of people. If you don’t love people, then I’d suspect you don’t love God who created all these people, and you think they’re superfluous. And if you think that – then sadly you probably don’t love yourself either, and maybe you’re thinking that you’re superfluous too, and you won’t try to realize all that potential that you have in you to make the world a better place! But if you truly love God – then you have to love all people, intrinsically. You don’t have to agree with all they do and say (and sometimes you must oppose them) – but you have to love them essentially. If you do love God and people, then happily you probably do love yourself, and you are going to try to realize all the potential that you have in you to make the world a better place!”

Where did I learn this message of love? From the source that serves as the spiritual inspiration for the movement of Jews to return to the heart of their ancestral land: the teachings of a particular rabbi and his son: Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the founding spirit of the modern chief rabbinate in Israel and one of the first chiefs rabbis in modern time, and his son, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, who was considered the spiritual father of the modern day movement to resettle Jews in Judea and Samaria. They cast a unique spiritual and moral light on modern Zionism, the movement of Jewish national liberation. One of the pillars of this outlook was love: love of God, love of Judaism, love of the nation of Israel and ultimately love of all humanity, too. They taught that the particularism of Jewish identity isn’t for selfish reasons, but rather seeks to bring a blessing and an uplifting influence to all humanity, through the existence of a unique nation dedicated to living a moral and holy life. Therefore this nationalism – though fiercely patriotic and full of courage – is also full of aspirations for universal progress and betterment for every other nation.

Racism in thought, hatred in feeling or damage to life and property in practice, are all the opposite of the basic spiritual and moral fundamentals of the “settler” movement’s world and national outlook. Love towards one’s neighbor – including our Arab cousins – is one of the basic tenets of the Jews living in Judea and Samaria.

To be continued…

Dovid Ben-Meir

Israeli Forces Arrest 16 Terror Fugitives

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Israeli Border Guard police and IDF security forces captured 16 wanted fugitives overnight in various locations across Judea and Samaria.

Of those, 14 Palestinian Authority Arabs were accused of terrorist activities and other violence against civilians and security forces.

Two of the detainees were senior Hamas officials, including one who served as the former Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Naqba Day Sirens to Sound at Noon (or Not)

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

See the siren update at the bottom of the article.

In Palestinian Authority mosques throughout Judea and Samaria, the Arabs will be replacing their calls to prayer, incitement speeches and Islamic messages with the Naqba siren, at noon on Sunday, according to security sources.

Naqba Day commemorates the day when the neighboring Arab countries and people gathered together to attack and destroy the fledgling Jewish state in May of 1948 – and spectacularly failed, proving that despite Islam’s replacement theology, Allah is a Zionist.

The siren will sound at noon for 2 minutes, and all PA pedestrians will try to stop throwing firebombs and stones, as well as driving their cars into Jews and blowing up buses and restaurants. They will stand at attention, in yet another cheap imitation of Israel.

It may be the safest two minutes in Israel’s history.

As of Sunday morning there have been reports of Arab stone throwing in multiple locations, and one Israeli driver was injured after a stone hit his car in the Binyamin region.

As an aside, we’re eagerly waiting to see what the Israeli-Arab MKs in the Knesset will be doing at noon.

So if you hear the siren, don’t get nervous, it’s not an air raid. It’s just the Arabs upset they didn’t succeed at genocide in 1948.

Happy Naqba Day.


Update: Sirens were not heard in western Gush Etzion, Hebron, Kedumim, Maaleh Efraim nor Maaleh Adumim.

The siren was heard in the Talmon-Dolev area in the Shomron, east of Modi’in.

One person from Beit El reports hearing a siren, others in Beit El didn’t.

We are waiting to hear reports from other areas of Judea and Samaria.


Shalom Bear

IDF, Police, Foil Overnight Attempt to Celebrate Independence Day in Ruined Settlement

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Hundreds of Jewish patriots, including many who had been evicted from the two Jewish villages in Northern Samaria, Homesh and Sa-Nur, back in 2005, on Wednesday night, Israel’s 68th Independence Day, went back to revisit their demolished homes, only to be blocked by military and police forces.

The large group ran into several barricades which had been positioned by IDF soldiers in every possible access road to Sa-Nur, including roads leading from local Arab villages.

The event was planned as a combination celebration/protest, demanding to let Jews return to their old homes, from which they had been exiled by the Sharon government, with tacit approval from then Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The expulsion of Jews from north Samaria was done at the same time as thousands more Jews were forced out of the Gaza Strip.

The name Sa-Nur is a Hebrew paraphrase of the name of the nearby Arab village Sanur. The Hebrew name was proposed by the late composer/songwriter Naomi Shemer, and it means Carry a Light. The community was established in October 1977 and destroyed on August 23, 2005.

The families and their supporters who tried to return home argued that many who at the time supported the “disengagement” — the laundered name for the forced expulsion of more than 8,000 Jews — today recognize it was an abysmal failure that led to three consecutive wars in Gaza. “There’s no reason, from a security or a moral point of view, not to let the people of Homesh and Sa-Nur come home.”

Indeed, what would better express Israel’s independence than allowing the thriving communities of northern Samaria thrive again.

MK Bezalel Smotrich, who participated in the interrupted event, issued a statement saying, “There is no better fitting day than Independence Day for returning to the settlement of Sa-Nur to celebrate there our state’s independence. No demand is more righteous than the demand of these families. With God’s help, we will merit once more to return to our settlements and renew our independence across the Land of Israel. Happy Independence Day.”

JNi.Media

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