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  • November 22, 2013

    Palestinian Authority Builds Illegally in E1

    After US rejects Israel’s building in the area, PA rushes to build hundreds of illegal caravans in the area – to prevent Israel building.

    By Tova Dvorin, INN

    PA Builds illegally in E1

    PA Builds illegally in E1
    Regavim (courtesy)

    After the US pressured the Israeli government to stop building in the E1 region, between Maaleh Adummim and Jerusalem, new pictures reveal that the Palestinian Arabs have sped up their ownillegal outposts – to settle there and establish facts on the ground before Israel’s Jewish population can beat them to it.

    The investigation of Regavim movement indicates that hundreds of portable structures have already been built around Ma’ale Adummim and Highway 1, which extends all the way to the Dead Sea. The buildings are made of metal plates, allowing rapid construction as the Palestinian Arabs generally operate on weekends, when the Supervisory Unit of the Civil Administration is on leave.

    At first, the Palestinian Authority kept the buildings under black tarps, to prevent photos being taken and establishing proof of illegal building. Over time, these tarps have disappeared – revealing even more buildings in their wake. All of the buildings are in Area C – the area exclusively under Israeli control.

    While the Regavim movement has asked the government several times to intervene, no action has yet been taken. The Civil Administration has reportedly posted signs forbidding the building – but that is all.

    In some cases, petitions filed by the Palestinian Arabs and radical leftist organizations have inhibited government enforcement. One example is near the Kedar River, south of Maaleh Adummim. There, the Palestinian Arabs have erected hundreds of buildings illegally after submitting a petition to the High Court. Following the petition, the judges decided to give an interim order which does not allow any enforcement to proceed.

    Regavim also points out, in all the cases presented in their investigation, that nogovernment office is taking steps to prevent the settlement phenomenon.

    “The situation on the ground is unbearable,” said Arad, a field coordinator for themovement of Regavim. “The Palestinian Authority is promoting construction of hundreds of structures in Area C but there is no one to supervise and enforce the law. From experience, we have learned that as time passes, the harder it is to implement the policy’s enforcement.

    “The time has come for the State of Israel to put an end to the Civil Administration and enforce the law for everyone – not just Israelis.”

    Pictures of the illegal building are below.

    Map: where the illegal building is taking place Regavim (courtesy)

     

    PA buildings in E1 Regavim (courtesy)

     

    Close-up of buildings. Regavim (courtesy)

    More buildings in E1 Regavim (courtesy)

    Covered buildings in E1 Regavim (courtesy)

    More covered outposts in E1 Regavim (courtesy)

     

     

     

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:42 am | 30 Comments »

    30 Comments to Palestinian Authority Builds Illegally in E1

    1. CuriousAmerican says:

      After the US pressured the Israeli government to stop building in the E1 region, between Maaleh Adummim and Jerusalem, new pictures reveal that the Palestinian Arabs have sped up their ownillegal outposts – to settle there and establish facts on the ground before Israel’s Jewish population can beat them to it.

      The first paragraph should be changed to read:

      After the US pressured the Israeli government to stop building in the E1 region – between Maaleh Adummim and Jerusalem – new pictures reveal that the Palestinian Arabs have illegally sped up building in the area in order to settle there and establish facts on the ground.

      The way Regavim wrote it, their wording inadvertently implied that Israeli building was just as illegal, and the Palestinians thwarted the Israelis. I know that was not Regavim’s intent, but it was poorly worded.

      The key phrase was “their own illegal outposts” which makes it sound like they were in competition with illegal Israel outposts.

      We all make mistakes. I have done much worse.

    2. CuriousAmerican says:

      “The time has come for the State of Israel to put an end to the Civil Administration and enforce the law for everyone – not just Israelis.”

      Pictures of the illegal building are below.

      This is tricky, and the fault is OSLO.

      Regavim should say they want an Israeli footprint in Area C, not fairness. While it is true that Israeli outposts have been taken down in Area C, it is equally true that Israel grants building permits in Area C to Israeli Jews far far more than they do to Arabs; and almost never to Arabs.

      Oslo is not a fair arrangement by design.

      As bad as Oslo is, it gives Israel control over area C.

      By intruducing the concept of fairness, you play into an Arab game.

      While it is true that Israeli outposts were taken down, tens of thousands more Jews now live in Area C than did in 1994; while the Arab population has been substantially diminished, often by eviction.

      The administration of area C was not written to be fair.

      For Regavim to complain about fairness will backfire. The Arab would say, “Fairness?! Give us building permits before you talk about fair.”

      Regavim should have better textual editors. All they had to say was “enforce the law.”

      I think Jerusalem should be undividedly Jewish.

      I suspect Regavim should have lawyers read their galleys before they post.

    3. Bear Klein says:

      Hopefully soon we will see some bulldozers tearing this stuff down before it goes too far!!

    4. Yidvocate says:

      @ CuriousAmerican:

      Can always count of Curious for some good news!

    5. yamit82 says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      I think Jerusalem should be undividedly Jewish.

      What do you mean by undividedly Jewish? I understand undivided and Jewish but how do you mean it when linked together in political and demographic contexts?

    6. bernard ross says:

      the question is” what does the GOI intend to do about it? Where is Benjamin Netanyahu and Bennet? I would like to see bulding start in E1. Rightists should protest for this.
      http://unitycoalitionforisrael.org/news/?p=10082
      Palestinian incitement’s exposure seen as Israel’s ‘front offense around the world’

    7. CuriousAmerican says:

      @ yamit82:
      What do you mean by undividedly Jewish? I understand undivided and Jewish but how do you mean it when linked together in political and demographic contexts?

      1) Belongs to Israel. Not divided with PA

      2) It is historically Jewish

      3) Under Israeli Law

      4) (and this will drive you nuts, Yamit) Even Though Jerusalem is Jewish, the Arabs in the Eastern side of the undivided city, should be given building permits; and not be denied them, as now is common.

      5) If you want to set a time line where the Arabs in the Eastern half of the city are required to take up Israeli citizenship to remain – or be removed to the territories, with reimbursement for lost property – that is fine by me, but that would mean they get the vote in national election. It may not be fine with you.

    8. bernard ross says:

      There, the Palestinian Arabs have erected hundreds of buildings illegally after submitting a petition to the High Court. Following the petition, the judges decided to give an interim order which does not allow any enforcement to proceed.

      I beleive that Benjamin Netanyahu is manipulating in favor of the arabs and against the settlers through the back door: through Tzipi Livni and her “justice” dept. Livni is his fig leaf in negotiations and in the courts where he can pretend to have nothing to do with it. He chose her for a reason and this is the reason: to obstruct Jewish settlement. He identifies himself with a “strong” policy on Iran as a red herring for what he is allowing in Israel’s YS. He is not held responsible for developments in YS because he pretends that it is a choice between Iran and YS. I believe that his behavior over the years proves him to be a fraud when it comes to jewish settlement rights in YS. Livni is doing everything that HE wants done, there is no space between them, its all a sham. His record speaks for itself.
      Perhaps he wishes to be the architect of the giveaway peace deal that includes relations with the arab world including overt military alliance. J’accuse BB, prove me wrong!!!!!

    9. bernard ross says:

      reply 8 in moderation: every time ted is not around the software goes haywire.

    10. honeybee says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      4) (and this will drive you nuts, Yamit)

      Any more then he is, I doubt it, I really doubt it.

    11. bernard ross says:

      Bear Klein Said:

      Hopefully soon we will see some bulldozers tearing this stuff down before it goes too far!!

      But how does it get so far that hundreds can be built in Israeli controlled territory and nothing is done. a few jewish outposts and the end is never heard. Are we to believe that BB does not know and has not intentionally allowed it, that an army that finds tunnels drones, etc cannot find hundreds of houses? If so, on what basis should we believe that, his credibility and honesty? too many excuses have been made for him.

    12. bernard ross says:

      reply 11 in moderation, again,

    13. CuriousAmerican says:

      @ honeybee:

      4) (and this will drive you nuts, Yamit)

      Any more then he is, I doubt it, I really doubt it.

      Ud me hizo reír, dulcita.

    14. CuriousAmerican says:

      @ bernard ross:
      I beleive that Benjamin Netanyahu is manipulating in favor of the arabs and against the settlers through the back door: through Tzipi Livni and her “justice” dept. Livni is his fig leaf in negotiations and in the courts where he can pretend to have nothing to do with it.

      How is he manipulating in favor of the Arabs? There are 300,000 more Jewish pioneers in Area C and a whole lot less Arabs in Area C.

      I think you are mad that is not moving fast enough; but he is moving.

    15. honeybee says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      Ud me hizo reír, dulcita

      Ambrasos y besos!!!!!!!!!!!

    16. bernard ross says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      How is he manipulating in favor of the Arabs? There are 300,000 more Jewish pioneers in Area C and a whole lot less Arabs in Area C.

      why do you always intentionally obscure and obfuscate the issues: How many came and were expelled under BB; that is the pertinent issue. Yamit posted before the housing starts of each PM and he was the least. Contrast that with his big BS pre election fraudulent announcement of “approving” building in E1. The detractors were correct, he has proven to be a fake. The more I see him operate the more I think Israel should be beware as his MO is similar to Sharon. He is a unilateralist like Sharon, he declared himself King and everyone must get out of his way while he implements the foreign plan. He can prove me wrong but even if he is doing this to get the Iran deal done it is a sham because there should be no link. Israel is the least to worry about Iran, the GCC will be first to go down.
      He has never explained why he chose Livni for negotiations and Justice: He was so instructed by the american/euro combine.

    17. bernard ross says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      I think you are mad that is not moving fast enough; but he is moving.

      that goes without saying: YS should have been settled long ago according to mandate. An affirmative action plan to restore justice to the Jewish people and to mitigate the damage caused by the obstruction of jewish immigration and settlement during the occupations of the British, Jordanian and Israeli govts. here’s my plan to establish justice: a massive and speedy settlement is required to make up for the decades intentionally swindled from the jews; a homestead act granting free land, modeled on the US Homestead Act of 1862, in the crown and other vacant lands in area c to start.
      http://www.nps.gov/home/historyculture/abouthomesteadactlaw.htm

    18. bernard ross says:

      If area c was full of jews there would be no talking going on. jewish settlement is the prime issue of importance because from that everything flows. It is also the most difficult point for detractors to argue because who administers the land is irrelevant in the same way it was irrelevant when the British administered the territory: the directive remains “…to encourage the settlement of Jews west of the Jordan river”. A simple sentence which says it all, nothing has changed that imperative and legal obligation. There is no valid legal argument against Jewish settlement in YS it is a legal obligation of all relevant signatories. Just claim it and do it, the foreigners, like Amanpour with Bennet, can only sit with open jaw. A real leader is needed for Israel.

    19. yamit82 says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      1) Belongs to Israel. Not divided with PA

      Not according to the Arabs both Muslim and christian

      2) It is historically Jewish

      It was under Islamic control longer than Jewish control.

      3) Under Israeli Law

      Arabs make a mockery of Israeli Law and do whatever they like. Enforcement by Israel is at best lax to on existent. 80% of the so called illegal building is in the Arab sector supported by our post Zionist SC. Few Arab homes are demolished for lack of legal permits. Arabs refuse to live in Western high rise apts but opt for illegal building pf single and 2 story villa type housing usually for extended family occupation. Building in areas not zoned for building and lacking basic infrastructure destroys the ecology, is hazardous is modern construction safety requirements and in many case built on land they don’t own which is stealing on top of everything else. According to resolution 242 neither Israelis or Arabs are supposed to influence the status quo in any way especially building expansion.

      (and this will drive you nuts, Yamit) Even Though Jerusalem is Jewish, the Arabs in the Eastern side of the undivided city, should be given building permits; and not be denied them, as now is common.


      I agree they should be given permits on a one to one with Israelis and both sides must conform to Israeli laws, standards and bureaucratic delays.
      Property to be built upon must be approved for residential building and proper infrastructure must be in place paid for by those who seek the permits just like Israelis do. They must have proper legal title to the land they wish to build on. (Good Luck on that one)CuriousAmerican Said:

      or be removed to the territories, with reimbursement for lost property –

      What if they can’t produce proof of legal ownership should they still be compensated? :) Do illegal immigrants in America have the right to vote even if they reside for decades in America? I am speaking legally not as it is today in may places where proof of citizenship is insulting to the criminals. Why do you support we Israelis act differently than you Americans? Arabs in the West bank make the same justification for rights as supporters of the Mexican Illegals. They are already in America and too numerous to deport. The Arabs are not too numerous to deport any more than the half million Jews over the Green Line are. If we can ethnically cleanse Jews from the territories with the happy approval of you christians then why not the Arabs? Support of one and not the other is classic double standard antisemitism. If you were to arrive in Israel today and demand citizenship not only would you and all non Jews (with few exceptions )would not only be denied citizenship your sorry ass would be on the first flight out of Israel.

      Voting is a privilege not a right just like issuing drivers licenses or issuing liquor licenses. In America Felons in Prison have no voting rights and in Israel they do at least the Jewish ones. Israel denies Israelis living abroad for more than three years the right to vote in our elections unless they are diplomats or officials serving in posts relating to the Israeli government official institutions. Every country has their own peculiar laws.

      Keep asking myself as to what your motivation re: poor diaper heads are as opposes to hundreds of other ethnicity’s around the world with more justification and more rights to that which you advocate for your pet diaper heads???? Your replies in the past are unconvincing.

    20. yamit82 says:

      Comment in moseration

    21. honeybee says:

      yamit82 Said:

      moseration

      Is that Canadian?????????

    22. yamit82 says:

      honeybee Said:

      yamit82 Said:
      moseration
      Is that Canadian?????????

      I think Alaskan you know the largest American State with still breathable air. ;)

    23. honeybee says:

      yamit82 Said:

      the largest

      But does it function?????????????

    24. CuriousAmerican says:

      @ yamit82:
      Support of one and not the other is classic double standard antisemitism..

      You think cheeseburgers are anti-semitic.

      When America annexed the Southwest, citizenship was given to all residents.

      So it is not a double standard.

      In fact, Israel did NOT extend citizenship to all residents in Jerusalem in 1967, only the right to apply for it with stiff requirements.

      It you who uphold the double standard.

      CuriousAmerican

      2) It is historically Jewish

      It was under Islamic control longer than Jewish control.

      Are you denying Israel has a claim on the land? Well, well?!

      You get upset because I say Jerusalem is Jewish?! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!

      So what is Jerusalem, then? French?!

    25. Bear Klein says:

      @ CuriousAmerican:
      Actually the Arabs in East Jerusalem under intimidation by Hamas and Fatah fail to vote so they have no city councilmen going to bat for them except the far left guys.

      This is the same reason your pay to leave scheme would have great difficulty (fear of the individual and family from getting beat up and the death penalty they have for selling land to Jews.)

      Let us weigh this death penalty or maybe they do not get all the building permits they want? Which on the scale of things is worse?

      Oh by the way if decided to become participants in the society just like some of the “Christian Arab speakers” are now starting to do they would get more the pie. Fighting Israel for the city does not get them as much of the pie (reality).

    26. Bear Klein says:

      @ CuriousAmerican:
      You are wrong Jerusalem resident Arabs have a much easier time with the Israeli system to become citizens as compared to the process in the US to become naturalized. A million times easier than it is in Switzerland to become naturalized for a citizen.

      It has been their choice. More of them are choosing to become citizens of Israel overtime. Israel may have a mistake in making it so easy.

    27. honeybee says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      When America annexed the Southwest, citizenship was given to all residents

      Not so you would notice!!!!!!!!! Chico

    28. honeybee says:

      CuriousAmerican Said:

      You think cheeseburgers are anti-semitic.

      Not when you use Velveta

    29. Bear Klein says:

      @ CuriousAmerican:
      @ <a href="#comment-63356000114490" : Arabs of Jerusalem can become citizens with following conditions (very reasonable):

      Permanent residents are permitted, if they wish and meet certain conditions, to receive Israeli citizenship. These conditions include swearing allegiance to the State, proving that they are not citizens of any other country, and showing some knowledge of Hebrew.

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