Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sign in Kfar Akeb boasting of 'American gift' to Palestinian Authority



– Sections of Jerusalem have essentially been forfeited on the ground to the Palestinian Authority, while Jews, including local landowners, are barred from

entering parts of Israel's capital, a WND investigation has found.
The probe further determined the U.S. has been aiding the Palestinians in

developing infrastructure in Jerusalem.

Also, it has emerged, the Israeli government has failed to stop Arabs from

illegally building thousands of housing projects on Jerusalem land purchased and

owned by a U.S. Jewish group for the express purpose of Jewish settlement,

culminating in an Arab majority in the neighborhoods.

The situation has been unfolding in the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of

Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis, which are close to the Jewish neighborhoods

of Neve Yaacov and Pisgat Zeev in Israel's capital. Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and

Samir Amis are located entirely within the Jerusalem municipality.

A tour of the three Jerusalem neighborhoods in question finds some surprising

developments. Official PA logos and placards abound, including one glaring red

street sign at the entrance to the neighborhoods warning Israelis to keep out.

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Another official sign, this one in Kfar Akeb in Jerusalem, reads in English,

"Ramallah-Jerusalem Road. This project is a gift form (sic) the American people

to the Palestinian people in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and

PECDAR. 2007." The sign bears the emblems of the American and PA governments and

of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. The displays were

not present during a previous WND tour of the neighborhoods in 2006.

Some local schools in the Jerusalem neighborhoods are officially run by the PA

– some in conjunction with the U.N. – with many teachers drawing PA salaries.

Civil disputes are usually settled not in Israeli courts but by the PA judicial

system, although at times Israeli courts are used depending on the matter.

U.N. school for Palestinians illegally built on Jewish property (WND photo)

Councils governed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization oversee

some municipal matters. USAID provides the PA funds for road and infrastructure


Israeli security officials said the local Jerusalem police rarely operate in

Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis; instead security has been turned over to

the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police, who work almost daily with PA

security forces. The PA police operate in the Jerusalem neighborhoods in

coordination with Israel.

Shmulik Ben Ruby, spokesman for the Jerusalem police, confirmed the


"If there are fights between some local families, sometimes we involve the PA

police to make peace between the families," he told WND. "Yes, the PA police can

operate in these neighborhoods in coordination with the IDF and Border Police."

Jews barred from sections of Jerusalem

In another recent development, Israeli Jews, including local property owners,

have been almost entirely barred from entering Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir

Amis, while Israeli Arabs can freely enter.

Aryeh King, a nationalist activist who holds the power of attorney to some Kfar

Akeb land owned by an Israeli Jew, told WND he was barred several times during

the past few months from entering the neighborhood to administer to the land,

upon which local Arabs illegally constructed apartments.

Police spokesman Ben Ruby explained this new arrangement is due to security


"It's quite dangerous to be there alone, so if they don't have to be there it's

not allowed, because they might find themselves in danger if they go in," said

Ben Ruby.

In 2002, in response to the outbreak one year earlier of the Palestinian

intifada, or terrorist war against the Jewish state, the Israeli government

constructed its security barrier blocking off the West Bank from Jewish

population zones. The route of the fence also cut into northern and eastern

Jerusalem, incorporating=2
0Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis on the so-called

Palestinian side.

Israel recaptured northern and eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City and

the Temple Mount – Judaism's holiest site – during the 1967 Six-Day War. The

Palestinians, however, have claimed eastern Jerusalem as a future capital. About

244,000 Arabs live in Jerusalem, mostly in eastern neighborhoods, out of a total

population of 724,000, the majority Jewish.

Jews lived in Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis years before the

establishment of Israel in 1948, but they were violently expelled during deadly

Arab riots in 1929.

Jordan, together with other Arab countries, attacked Israel after its founding

in 1948 and administered the three Jerusalem neighborhoods as well as all of

eastern Jerusalem following an armistice agreement. In 1967, Jordan attacked

again and Israel liberated the entire city of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War.

During the period of Jordanian control, some new construction took place,

including in areas previously purchased by Jews.

The recent barring of Jews from northern Jerusalem sections seems to coincide

with an Israeli government decision the past year to allow the PA some presence

in Jerusalem.

Last June, WND exclusively reported Prime Minister Ehud Olmert allowed the PA

to hold an official meeting in Jerusalem to discuss dealing with expected

Palestinian sovereignty over key sections of the city. Dmitri Ziliani , a

spokesman for the Jerusalem section of PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party,

confirmed to WND the meeting was related to the activities and structure of

Fatah's local command in some neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

"We were covering the best ways to improve our performance on the street and

how we can be of service to the community," Ziliani said.

Ziliani said the regular PA meetings in Jerusalem are, in part, held in

anticipation of a future Palestinian state encompassing all of eastern


"Our political program as Fatah dictates there will be no Palestinian state if

these areas – all of east Jerusalem – are not included," Ziliani told WND.

According to Israeli law, the PA cannot officially meet in Jerusalem. The PA

previously maintained a de facto headquarters in Jerusalem, called Orient House,

but the building was closed down by Israel in 2001 following a series of suicide

bombings in Jerusalem. Israel said it had information indicating the House was

used to plan and fund terrorism.

Thousands of documents and copies of bank certificates and checks captured by

Israel from Orient House – including many documents obtained by WND – showed the

offices were used to finance terrorism, including direct payments to the Al Aqsa

Martyrs Brigades terror group

U.S. Jewish group to blame for 'division' of Jerusalem? Key land in Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb is owned=20by a U.S. Jewish group that over

the years has allowed tens of thousands of Arabs to illegally squat on its land,

resulting in the current Arab majority.

The Jewish National Fund, or JNF, purchased the land in the early 1920s using

Jewish donor funds for the specific purpose of Jewish settlement.

The JNF lands have been utilized for the illegal construction of dozens of Arab

apartment buildings, a refugee camp and a U.N. school.

A previous tour of Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb found dozens of Arab apartment

complexes, a Palestinian refugee camp and a U.N. school for Palestinians

constructed on the land.

According to officials in Israel's Housing Ministry, Arabs first constructed

facilities illegally in Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb between 1948 and 1967, prior to

the 1967 Six-Day War during which Israel retook control of the entire city of


Qalandiya, still owned by JNF, came under the management of the Israeli

government's Land Authority in the late 1960s.

Ministry officials say the bulk of illegal Arab construction in Qalandiya

occurred in the past 20 years, with construction of several new Arab apartment

complexes taking place in just the past two years.

Neither the Israeli government nor JNF took any concrete measures to stop the

illegal building, which continues today with at least one apartment complex in

Qalandiya under construction.

Land in another Jerusalem' neighborhood, Shoafa t, which has an estimated value

of $3 million, was also purchased by JNF in the early 1900s and fell under the

management of the Israel Land Authority about 40 years ago. Much of the illegal

Arab construction in Shoafat took place in the past 15 years, with some

apartment complexes built as late as 2004.

In Qalandiya and Shoafat, Israel's security fence cordons off the Arab sections

of the JNF lands from the rest of Jewish Jerusalem.

Internal JNF documents obtained by WND outline illegal Arab construction on the

Jewish-owned land. A December 2000 survey of Qalandiya summarized on JNF

stationery and signed by a JNF worker states, "In a lot of the plots I find

Arabs are living and building illegally and also working the JNF land without


The JNF survey goes on to document illegal construction of Arab apartment

complexes and the U.N. school under the property management of Israel's Land


Group misleading donors?

In response to a previous WND exclusive report on the JNF's alleged

mismanagement of the properties, JNF CEO Russell Robinson sent statements to

concerned donors that the illegal construction occurred during periods the

Jerusalem land was occupied by Jordan.

1991 photo of Shoafat shows region entirely forest land

"During that time the Jordanian government oversaw all activities, including

the U.N. building. Under international law, this makes matters pe rtaining to the

land more complicated than what [WND describes]," states Robinson's letter.

But WND obtained aerial photos of the two JNF sites in question, Shoafat and

Qalandiya, which Robinson claimed were illegally built upon prior to 1967.

1967 aerial photo of Qalandiya region

A photo taken in 1991 of Shoafat shows the entire area was a forest – meaning

all illegal Arab construction took place after 1967 while the land was under

Jewish control.

An aerial photo taken in 1967 of the second site, Qalandiya, which is now a

large Arab town, finds construction of a U.N. building but few other sites,

indicating the vast majority of Arab construction – dozens of large apartment

complexes – occurred under JNF control. WND originally reported some of the

construction took place prior to 1967, but the bulk of the building occurred the

past few years, under Jewish management.

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