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On Passover, Settlers Take Over for State Inspectors to Mark Bedouin Structures for Demolition

Palestinian laborers working at a construction site in a new housing project in the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, near Jerusalem, February 7, 2017. Credit: Oded Balilty/AP

The oversight, according to one of the settler activist, serves as a deterrent, even if not every structure built without a permit is discovered in real time

 | Apr 12, 2017 4:41 AM
 
Palestinian laborers working at a construction site in a new housing project in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, near Jerusalem, February 7, 2017. Credit: Oded Balilty/AP

Five volunteer jeep owners from settlements near Ma’aleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, are watching the Bedouin encampments in the area to thwart any construction while Civil Administration inspectors are on Passover vacation.

They answered the call of a group known as the Jerusalem Periphery Forum. According to a forum activist who asked to remain anonymous, the five are working in shifts of a few hours each.

On weekends, when the Civil Administration inspectors are also off duty, Yariv Aharoni of Kfar Adumim, and the forum’s coordinator of issues involving land, is the inspector. However, during Passover week, Aharoni is on partial vacation and so the forum called for volunteer backup.

The Jerusalem Periphery Forum includes representatives of the settlements of Alon, Kfar Adumim, Nofei Prat and Mitzpeh Yeriho, and a representative of the Binyamin Regional Council. According to the activist …….

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.782923

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