500 Housing Units To Be Approved for Shilo (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 02/22/12)
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The Civil Administration is expected to ink its approval on 500
housing units for the Samaria community of Shilo on Wednesday.
The Judea and Samaria administration committee is also expected to
retroactively legalize at least 200 more homes on humanitarian
grounds in the nearby community of Shvut Rachel, according to IDF
spokesman Guy Inbar.
The Civil Administration operates as a part of the Coordinator of
Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT) under the Defense
Shilo, home to more than 2,000 Jews, is located approximately 18
miles (30 kilometers) south of Shechem in Binyamin. Its neighbor,
Shvut Rachel, is comprised of some 400 residents, and was founded in
memory of Rachela Druk, mother of seven, murdered in 1991 by
terrorist bullets while going by the area on a public bus. The
busdriver was also killed in the attack.
The Defense Ministry indicated that any permit received by the Civil
Administration in connection with new construction in Judea and
Samaria will require special authorization.
Leftist Peace Now organization leader Yariv Oppenheimer had already
begun to attack the decision Wednesday morning in an interview on
Army Radio even prior to its announcement by the government.
"What began as an outpost of 30 units receives a jumpstart and
becomes a huge settlement of thousands of new settlers,” he
complained. “That is not the path to two states; that is the path to
a bi-national state.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/22/12)
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