Call to Change "Ulpana" to "Ehud Barak" Neighborhood (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By INN Staff 06/17/12)
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Josh Hasten, journalist and host of the Reality Bytes podcast on
Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio, called for changing the name of
the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El to the Ehud Barak Neighborhood.
Five apartment complexes in the neighborhood have been ordered
demolished and the residents evicted by July 1st because the
government´s legal office did not put up a defense when the Arab who
claimed ownership filed suit in the Supreme Court.
For the full mp3 of Reality Bytes with Josh Hasten click here.
Hasten says that since the neighborhood was established during Ehud
Barak´s term in the Prime Minister´s Office over a decade ago, "the
residents of Ulpana should thank him for building their homes."
Hasten said that "it might become much harder to tear down buildings
named after our current Defense Minister, with his image in pictures
and posters plastered all over the neighborhood."
Hasten commented that while the situation looks bleak, there is still
hope. MK Danny Danon stated in a interview on Hasten;´s show last
week that Prime Minster Benyamin Netanyahu can still prevent the
order to destroy the buildings by overruling the Supreme Court.
"At this point," said Hasten, "in addition to hoping that Prime
Minister Netanyahu does the right thing, and puts a stop to this
plan, which would force 30 Jewish families out of their homes and
essentially into the street, actions must be taken to prevent this
from being carried out by reminding the public that it was under
Barak himself that the Ulpana neighborhood was built."
The Supreme Court ruled that although the legal matter of ownership
of the land was not brought to conclusion in magistrate´s court, the
homes must be vacated and razed.
Only the top row out of three rows of buildings are contested. The
land was bought by Yeshivat Beit El.
According to Baruch Gordon, a resident of Beit El and an employee of
Yeshivat Beit El, the land was purchased for a large sum from Ibrahim
Judah Mustafa Hasan, a resident of the nearby community of Dura Al
Qara. Gordon said he was listed as the living heir of Ibrahim Mustafa
Hasan Hasan, whose name appeared on the Land Registry.
Some Beit El residents say that the elder Hasan was given the land as
a gift by the King of Jordan during the Jordanian occupation of Judea
and Samaria between 1949-1967. "The empty tract of land was never
used and there was no tradition of property ownership," Gordan stated.
The NGOs Peace Now and Yesh Din later filed suit on behalf another
man named Harbi Ibrahim Mustafa Hasan, who claims that he is the
actual legal heir and that the sale of land was fraudulent. The New
York Times on June 6th quoted Ibrahim Mustafa Hasan as stating that
Judah Mustafa Hasan has since been jailed by the Palestinian
Authority. The PA and its Sharia courts consides it a crime
punishable by the death penalty to sell land to Jews.
According to Jordanian law, if a new owner doesnít use the land
within four years, it reverts to State ownership. Israeli land
ownership laws do not have standing in Judea and Samaria, but Jordan
has abrogated all rights to the area, so Arabs are allowed to turn to
the Israeli courts. They do not want to recognized the court system,
which is tantamount to recognizing the state, so they turn only to
the Supreme Court. which does not check evidence as part of its
In May of this year, Supreme Court President Justice Asher Grunis and
Justices Salim Jubran and Uzi Fogelman decided to issue demolition
orders against the five buildings by July 1, 2012.
The Yesh Din organization stated on their web site that because the
current Jewish occupants are renters, the residents cannot claim
Hagit Ofran of the Peace Now organization stated on the Peace Now web
site that she is in favor of the demolition order because "a zoning
plan and a building plan would be needed for that land." However,
since the land was purchased privately, it is outside the zoned area
of Beit El and could not get a building plan. This happens often in
Israel and not only in Judea and Samaria, where zoning and
authorization can take years. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/17/12)
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