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        12/4/2013, Tevet 1, 5774

      Joyous E1 Chanukah Candle Lighting Without Incident


      Singing and dancing took place on the dark, barren slope of Mevaseret Adumim, illuminated by a series of candles arranged in the shape of a giant menorah. The celebration took place on Wednesday night, the final night of the 8-day Chanukah holiday. It was in contrast to Monday night's attempted celebration which was cut short when police put out the candles 30 minutes after they were lit.

      "This exciting evening and we are here to consolidate our hold in this place. We call upon the Prime Minister and the Israeli government to uphold its promise to build Mevaseret Adumim," stated Yuval Aharoni, a pioneering member of the group seeking to build housing units on the land.

      Known in the media as E1, the area is located across the highway from Maale Adumim. Although technically owned by the Maale Adumim municipality, the government has postponed all building on the land due to objections from the Palestinian Authority.