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A Bedouin encampment illegally built by the EU in 2015.

Israel’s Civil Administration dismantled an Arab encampment on Wednesday that was built with European Union funding during the Passover holiday.

It’s not the first time the European Union has aided and abetted illegal construction by Palestinian Authority citizens — nor the second, third or fourth.


The EU continues to intervene in the internal affairs of the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, attempting to create its own facts on the ground where none existed prior, and thereby exacerbating already difficult, complex issues.

The tents that were confiscated during the holiday were those illegally brought to the site and erected at ‘Ras Azaria,’ adjacent to Ma’ale Adumim.

The supervisory unit that carried out the confiscation also raided a quarry in the Arab village of Beit Ummar, along Highway 60 in Gush Etzion, confiscating heavy vehicles that were illegally performing work during the Jewish holiday.

Marco Ben Shabat, head of the Civil Administration’s inspection unit, carries out raids and enforcement measures throughout the year. Shabat told the Hebrew-language 0404 website that maintaining a constant presence at such sites sends a clear message that “lawbreakers will be caught and there will be consequences.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.