Tag Archive for illegal construction

EU resolution on razing illegally built Bedouin village ‘may be war crime’

With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated ‎‎€315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian ‎assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 ‎vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible ‎transfer of its residents would constitute a grave ‎breach of international humanitarian law.”
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ast week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there ‎‎was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s ‎‎relocation.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

 

‎The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s ‎plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of ‎Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a ‎war crime.‎

Khan al-Ahmar is located off a highway that runs ‎through the West Bank from Jerusalem to the Dead ‎Sea. Continue Reading »

UN interferes with court demolition ruling of illegal Bedouin encampment 

A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requested that Israel not raze the unsafe Bedouin roadside encampment, which Israel’s Supreme Court ruled was illegally built and posed a security threat.
– Far-left group J Street, signed a petition stating any demolition would ‘strike a major blow to prospects for a two-state solution.’

By the Associated Press

 

The UN’s main human rights body expressed concern on Tuesday over Israel’s expected demolition of a Bedouin hamlet in the West Bank, the structures of which Israel says were illegally built and pose a threat to security due to their proximity to a highway. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Court: UN barred from illegal construction, theft of state land

The Jerusalem District Court accepted Regavim’s contention of illegal land appropriation and unlicensed construction projects by the United Nations, halting all work at the UN compound until approved by the State.
– Petitioner’s attorney: “The diplomatic immunity of the UN does not allow it to violate the laws of the host country.”

By Orli Harari

 

The Jerusalem District Court ruled this week that until a coordination mechanism is established between the state and the UN, the UN will not begin any work at a compound in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv.

A petition submitted by the Regavim organization in March 2017 revealed that the UN had committed a large number of building offenses in the Armon Hanatziv compound and that it had invaded acres of state land beyond the area allocated to it by the State of Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel’s supreme court rules squatters’ village near J’lem to be demolished

The EU has spent hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money to erect makeshift sheds in defiance of Israeli building & zoning laws, proudly displaying the EU flags constructed on public lands. Such actions are clearly illegal according to local laws & European laws, and despite European gov’ts efforts to halt their demolition, the supreme court now approves the razing of the illegal Bedouin village east of Jerusalem.
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By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israel’s supreme court ruled Thursday in favor of demolishing an illegally-built Bedouin village east of Jerusalem, despite a campaign by European governments to save it. Continue Reading »

Court Verdict: 6 illegal Arab high-rise buildings in Jerusalem to be leveled

The controlled explosive demolition of 6 illegally constructed apartment buildings, all six stories or taller, will be led by City of Jerusalem officials, and carried out in a joint operation by Israel Police, IDF demolition experts, and the Shin Bet internal security agency.

By David Rosenberg

 

The City of Jerusalem, in conjunction with Israeli security forces, is planning a massive demolition operation against an illegal neighborhood on the northern edge of the city.

Legal & licensed construction in Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

According to a report by Kan 11 Sunday night, the Jerusalem municipality is taking aim at six illegally-built high-rise apartment buildings in the village of Kafr Aqab, which sits inside the municipal boundaries of the capital. Continue Reading »

UN sent to Jerusalem District Court for illegal construction

Even though PM Netanyahu and the UN Sec General discussed and agreed that all future construction within the UN compound would be in accordance with state and local laws, it appears the UN again, has been caught preparing for new, illegal, construction.

By Mordechai Sones

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that he concluded with UN Secretary General Guterres that current and future construction by the UN at the Government Palace will be carried out in accordance with the principles of zoning and building laws.

Building circled in red is slated for destruction for a new building. – Photo courtesy: Regavim

However, it turns out that only recently has UNTSO issued a tender for the demolition and reconstruction of one of the buildings built during the British Mandate in the Armon Hanatziv compound – in violation of the law and without a building permit from the Jerusalem Municipality. Continue Reading »

Israeli gov’t acknowledges UN ignores buildings laws in Jerusalem

 

• Israel’s gov’t says it is in contact with UN officials to resolve the issue of illegal construction on government land.
• Regavim attorney: UN’s immunity is not for “the theft of land from the country that hosts him free of charge.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

After repeated delays, the state finally responded Sunday to the request for an interim injunction filed by Regavim against the illegal construction carried out by the UN at the Government House in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

The state admitted for the first time that the extensive construction activity there, including works to preserve the historic buildings in the compound, as well as the construction of additional illegal structures in the compound, were carried out without permits. Continue Reading »

Police Officer murdered in Negev car-ramming attack, terrorist shot dead

 

Police officer killed, another wounded in vehicular terror attack in Negev Bedouin settlement, attacker neutralized by security forces.
– Arab MK hit in head by rock, presumably thrown by protesters.
– Watch video of confrontation with police.

By David Rosenberg

 

A police officer was killed and another injured early Wednesday morning, when an Arab terrorist attacked security forces securing the demolition of illegal structures in the Bedouin settlement of Umm Al-Hiran in southern Israel.

Police units were deployed to the Negev settlement before dawn on Wednesday to protect the demolition team from demonstrators who had gathered at the site of the planned eviction. Continue Reading »

High Court document states IDF may demolish 30 structures in Palestinian Sussiya

 

Israel’s Prime Minister has until the end of October to assess the situation and decide whether or not the IDF will take action against the illegal structures in the Palestinian herding village.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The IDF could demolish 30 of the 100 illegal structures in the Palestinian herding village of Sussiya, according to a draft of the state’s response to the High Court of Justice, submitted on Wednesday. The draft also says the question of the West Bank village’s overall fate rests with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and not solely with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Sussiya – Photo: TOVAH LAZAROFF

The High Court of Justice mandated that the state submit its opinion on demolitions at Sussiya by the end of Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Regavim appeals to Supreme Court on illegal Palestinian settlements

Israeli NGO Regavim files appeal with Supreme Court against Defense Minister Liberman & Civil Administration for not enforcing law on illegal Bedouin camp.

By Reut Hada

 

The organization Regavim has filed a Supreme Court appeal against Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) and the Civil Administration, claiming that they did not do their duty in enforcing the law against an illegal Palestinian outpost near Jerusalem.

The illegal Palestinian outpost – Photo: Regavim

The site, which was built with European Union money in 2015, is located near the village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

This is not the first time Regavim has turned to the Supreme Court over illegal EU-funded construction, though the current appeal notes that the buildings are located on private Arab land. Continue Reading »

Israeli NGO Thanks the UK for choosing Brexit

 

The Israeli NGO Regavim praises and congratulates the Brits for voting to leave the EU, who has for years conspired and engaged in covert, illegal interference in Israeli internal affairs, at a cost (waste) of hundreds of millions of Euros.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Regavim has offered its congratulations to the UK for voting in favor of leaving the European Union.

Regavim is  an NGO focused on “ensuring responsible, legal, accountable and environmentally friendly use of Israel’s national lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land and its preservation.” It has strongly criticized the EU for funding illegal Palestinian construction. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem halts Waqf’s illegal construction of dozens of toilets next to Temple Mount

 

Israeli archaeologist were pleased that Jerusalem’s Municipality issued the Jordanian Waqf, ‘stop-work’ papers on the site, saying, illegal building has been going on for years.

By Benny Toker

 

Archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkai, a member of the Committee for Preventing the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, welcomed a decision Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made Tuesday to stop the Jordanian Waqf from building toilets at the foot of the Temple Mount.

Illegal building – Photo: Regavim

More measures are needed to save the site, however, he explained in a special interview with Arutz Sheva.

“Sewage infiltrating areas of the Western Wall tunnels is the dangerous possibility; beyond that there is a danger of flooding,” Barkai said, noting that serious restoration work needs to be done and that there “are not enough stop-work orders.”

Barkai argues that beyond the risk of flooding, the Waqf is guilty of one of the most severe injuries to antiquities ever. Continue Reading »

Israel High Court of Justice rules gov’t policy should suffice on fate of illegal EU structures

 

High Court of Justice rules state should have wide discretion to decide whether demolition orders issued against illegally built European Union-financed structures east of Jerusalem should be executed or not.

By Yair Altman

 

Israeli authorities should not be forced to implement demolition orders that were issued for European Union-built structures east of Jerusalem, the High Court of Justice said on Monday.

Construction along Highway 1 has been contested by local Jewish communities – Photo: Courtesy of the Regavim organization

The Kfar Adumim community and the Regavim movement had asked the court to order the implementation of the demolition orders for more than a dozen structures in Kfar Adumim’s municipal boundaries, claiming that the state was shirking its duty to enforce the law. Continue Reading »

UN envoy urges EU to exert  pressure on Israel over demolition of illegal EU buildings

 

view videoIt appears the EU & UN have allied to halt Israel’s policy of demolishing illegally built structures the EU has been improperly erecting on state land.

By Reuters

 

BRUSSELS – A UN envoy urged the European Union on Friday to raise political pressure on Israel over accelerating demolitions of Palestinians home in the West Bank, which he said run against international law and increasingly affect aid projects sponsored by the bloc.

Robert Piper, a United Nations assistant secretary general and the head of humanitarian affairs for the Palestinian territories, briefed EU officials in Brussels on that, noting there have been over 540 demolitions and confiscations so far this year. Continue Reading »

US voices opposition to Israel destroying illegal EU construction of Palestinian homes

 

view videoCompletely ignoring said structures were illegally constructed, without proper license and placed on state or public land, a U.S. State Department spokesperson voiced concern the demolitions of EU constructed Palestinian homes in the West Bank by Israeli authorities ‘undermine the possibility of a 2-state solution.’

By Reuters

 

The United States is “concerned” about Israel’s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state political solution to the Palestinian conflict.

Israeli forces bulldozed a school in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Tana in the West Bank early in March, leaving 23 children with nowhere to study in the community overlooking the Jordan valley. Continue Reading »