Creative Protection of Illegal Arab Construction?

Several clusters of illegal Arab homes are being built these days in the eastern part of Gush Etzion, near the communities of Tekoa, Nokdim, and Herodion. At some point, Regavim movement monitors who are always on the hunt for illegal Arab construction noticed the construction start of an illegal school in an area between two of those clusters. (Today they are sure to have noticed the blatantly aggressive arson fire at nearby Jewish owned Kashuela Farms.)

“The Palestinians figured out that they would not gain a state through peace agreements or intifadas, so they decided to establish a state through a sprawling settlement push across all of Judea and Samaria,” explained Eitan Melet, coordinator of Regavim in Judea and Samaria. “As part of this strategy, they picked the location of this specific school with precision, to create continuity of the construction sites involved.”

Instead of tackling the problem of illegal construction from its inception, the Civil Administration holds off for five or six years. This makes things worse because when it tries to act on the demolition order, by then it faces clusters of homes with families and children. Now a mess is created along with a PR nightmare with world media looking on passing negative judgement on Israel.

Regavim Petitions High Court over Civil Administration’s Creative Protection of Illegal Arab Construction, by David Israel, September 24, 2021

The Israeli government must not reward bad behavior, by Meir Deutsch/Jewish News Syndicate, September 26, 2021

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