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  12/22/2008, Kislev 25, 5769

Yesha B'Tselem Report on 'Illegal' Ofra is Distorted

Binyamin Regional council leader Avi Ro'eh termed as 'distorted" a B'Tselem report that one-third of Ofra, the longest-standing Jewish community in Judea and Samaria (Yesha), was built on private Arab land. The anti-nationalist group did not explain why the claims were made now despite Ofra's having been established nearly 35 years ago.

"The facts in the B'Tselem report are completely distorted and aim to portray a false situation," Yesha spokesman Yishai Hollander said following the B'Tselem claim. Israeli President Shimon Peres planted a tree in Ofra when it was first established.