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Deaths Lead to Israeli Campaign Against Reckless PA Drivers

The recent deaths of three children hit by an Arab tracter without lights lead to an Israeli initiative to stop reckless drivers in Yesha..
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 9/23/2010, 10:56 PM / Last Update: 9/24/2010, 7:14 AM

Flash 90

The recent deaths of three Israeli children in a crash caused by a Palestinian Authority Arab driver have led to a campaign for safer roads in Judea and Samaria. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel and Tatzpit plan to send out volunteer photographers to fight traffic crime.

The initiative aims to nab reckless drivers. Israel is generally unable to enforce traffic law in Judea and Samaria, as many of the drivers on the roads are PA Arabs without Israeli citizenship. Last week, Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika blamed the accident on, “the complete lack of law enforcement toward Arab drivers.” He described many of  the PA drivers as keeping lights off at night to hde the fact that vehicles have been stolen, for not being forced to maintain their vehicles as Israelis are, for ignoring speed limits and basic safety measures.

The volunteer photographers will record incidents of dangerous driving, and will then work to bring perpetrators - both Israeli and PA Arabs - to justice.

Activists from the two groups said the tragic accident in Samaria “highlights, once again, the price paid by innocent victims for the negligence of dangerous drivers on the roads of Judea and Samaria.” They expressed hope that the civilian initiative for safer roads “will benefit countless innocent travelers.”

The Land of Israel Legal Forum is a group dedicated to defending human rights, particularly the rights of Jews living in Judea and Samaria. Tatzpit works primarily to document attacks on Judea and Samaria Jews, and to expose extreme-left activists who commit acts of violence or other illegal activities.