Israel to house Ulpana evictees in unauthorized outpost buildings (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Chaim Levinson 06/11/12)
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Citing "urgent military requirements," Deputy Attorney General Mike
Balas has waived the need for any building permit for the mobile
homes to which the occupants of the Ulpana homes are slated to move
by the end of the month.
As previously reported in Haaretz, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein
last week approved a plan to move residents of the five apartment
buildings in the outpost of the Beit El settlement slated for
demolition because they were built on privately owned Palestinian
land to a nearby tract of land that was appropriated by the state in
1970 for military use. The plot is now part of an army base.
By law, a Civil Administration committee must approve any such
building, and only after allowing 14 days during which the public can
submit objections to the proposal. A committee meeting scheduled for
May 31 was canceled, presumably for political reasons.
GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, in consultation with
Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
and in coordination with Balas, agreed to allow the earthworks needed
to ready the site for the 35 mobile homes to go ahead without the
procedures required by law. Tractors leased by the Defense Ministry
began work on the site last week.
In allowing the work to start without the necessary zoning approval
process, Balas cited a law permitting construction for military
purposes without need of permits. The law is intended to allow for
the urgent building of military facilities such as earthwork barriers
or positions for guarding roads.
Balas cited the "urgent and immediate military need" to put up the
civilian accommodations, adding that they must be erected "quickly
and urgently in order to preserve public order and security in the
In so doing, Balas has broken a 33-year tradition of not citing
military requirements to justify the construction of civilian housing.
In a response, the Justice Ministry said the construction
work "complies with international law and with the desire of the
authorities to carry out the Supreme Court ruling in a spirit of
peace and cooperation."
The response of the Israel Defense Forces spokesman´s office was
On a related issues, work on a temporary camp for residents of the
Migron outpost is proceeding apace. In April the cabinet approved an
allocation of NIS 53 million for the construction of two temporary
housing sites for evictees from Migron. One of the temporary sites,
known as the Yekev compound, is about two kilometers from Migron,
alongside the permanent site selected for the Migron settlers. The
Yekev site had originally been zoned as a tourist site, but an
extraordinary order expediting the site´s rezoning for housing was
issued, and the temporary plan is expected to be approved by June 15.
The Mukhmas local council submitted an objection to the plan. If the
proposal is not approved by the deadline, the Migron evictees will be
moved to the Adam settlement. Massive earthworks are taking place in
both sites, around the clock, in order to complete the temporary camp
by August 1, the eviction deadline set by the High Court of Justice.
(© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/11/12)
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