Thursday, October 29, 2009
Gov't Demolishes EU-Funded Illegal Arab Construction in Judea
Hana Levi Julian
The Civil Lands Administration operated Thursday morning against illegal construction and demolished in Kfar Sa'ir, next to Givat HaHarsina, a suburb of the Jewish city of Kiryat Arba-Hevron. The pools and terraces were independently built without permits by "Oxfam," an organization in Judea (Yehuda) and Samaria (Shomron) and operating under sponsorship from the European Union.
The construction, which encroached upon an area that was included within the municipal boundaries of Kiryat Arba, indicated an attempt at a land grab by local Arab residents who are receiving funds from the European Union.
After repeated calls from local Jewish residents and members of Movement for the Protection for National Lands, the Oxfam signs were removed; IDF soldiers and police officers arrived with an inspection unit from the Civil Administration and destroyed the illegal pools and terraces.
Oved Arad, coordinator of the Movement, welcomed the action: "The law must be enforced equally in Judea and Samaria," he said. "The army and the Civil Administration must act more forcefully against the hundreds of thousands of illegal structures built throughout the region. Today's demolition was a small step to demonstrate the will to enforce the law."