The struggle for Area C goes on
PRESS RELEASE FROM WOMEN IN GREEN
Yesterday morning: Women in Green and the Netzer Gar’in have filed an appeal against the uprooting of trees in Netzer.
The Women in Green organization and the Netzer Gar’in filed a written appeal and a request for a temporary injunction against the Commissioner of Governmental and Abandoned Property in order to prevent the uprooting of the planted trees in Netzer, Gush Etzion, located between Elazar and Alon Shvut. As may be recalled, yesterday (Wednesday), we were officially informed that the Civil Administration intends to uproot all of the hundreds of Jewish trees that have been planted in the Netzer hills throughout recent years.
In the petition, the appellants claim they did not receive an eviction order. All they received was a notification that was passed to them by
phone via Head of Gush Etzion Regional Council, Mr. Davidi Perl.
In addition, the appeal states that a year and a half ago a document had been signed stating that we are not claiming ownership over the land or the planted trees. This document was transferred to the Administration by Shaul Goldstein, former Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council.
Also, all the plantings were performed on state lands and not on private Arab properties. The plantings were carried out for one purpose only – to prevent the Arab takeover of the same lands.
As is known, the Palestinian Authority has declared Agricultural war throughout the “C” territories and backed by tremendous international funding, has been taking over thousands of acres of state and survey lands, with the intention of stifling the Jewish communities.
Quote from the appeal:
“Our actions so far speak for themselves and indicate our good faith
and pure intentions to preserve state and national lands for Am
Yisra’el, the People of Israel, something the respondent was supposed
Furthermore, it should be noted that the area is adjacent to the Alon
Shvut and Elazar communities, in a location that will be used for the
Jewish expansion in the future anyway (if the Arabs do not take over
it following the implementation, heaven forbid, of the eviction
order), as well as the fact that we are willing to clear it in the
eventuality that the respondent decides to make use of the land for
In light of the above, there is no real reason or point in evicting
and uprooting the trees from the ground and it is governmental
arbitrariness devoid of any purpose.
Furthermore, it should be noted that the uprooting of the trees will
create a security risk and will encourage an increased Arab takeover.
Many times Arabs accompanied by international anarchist activists
create provocations and attack the Jewish travelers in the region.
Uprooting the trees will only increase the tensions and create a
security risk. If the respondent will insist on the implementation of
the eviction we will claim undisputed processing and possession for
nearly 10 years, and we will request to register the land in the name
of the Gush Etzion Regional Council.
In conclusion, we request the intervention of the distinguished
committee, in order to cancel the eviction order.”
Last night Women in Green and Netzer activists informed the residents
of the Judea region by phone message of the administration’s
intentions and added:
“There is a concern that Ehud Barak and the
Civil Administration’s trend of uprooting the trees, due to international pressure, is meant to prevent a Jewish continuum between the communities by abandoning the lands and hills to the hands of the Arabs.
We will be continuing our activities in the Netzer hills.
A week ago we were requested to put the planed plantings on hold due
to negotiations being held to cancel the uprooting decree. We agreed.
But since we were informed today that the Administration insists on
carrying out the uprooting – we will all come B”H this Friday to the
plantings being held at Netzer at 9:00 am next to the lower pergola.
Aloh Na’aleh Ve’Ya’rashnu Otah. We shall rise forth and inherit Her
(the Land of Israel).”
For details please contact:
Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818 Nadia Matar 050-5500834
A clip about the Yom Ha’Atzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day, celebrations in Netzer with the participation of Nobel Prize Laureate Yisrael Auman, Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council Davidi Perl and hundreds of supporters:
Women For Israel’s Tomorrow (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
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