Daily Israel Report

Arab Dumping Halted Near Ofra

Civil Administration halts dumping of waste near Silwad, which damaged environment.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/18/2011, 1:53 PM / Last Update: 7/18/2011, 1:56 PM

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The IDF’s Civil Administration halted on Sunday the dumping of waste materials near Silwad in the Binyamin region, next to the community of Ofra.
 
According to NGO Regavim, the dumping caused serious damage to the environment and endangered the people who passed near the site. The environmental danger was made possible by illegal Arab takeover of land without any regard for the law, a phenomenon just as rampant within the 1949 Armistice Lines as in Judea and Samaria.
 
“Criminals have recently begun to use heavy trucks to dump the garbage waste at a growing pace,” said Regavim, in a letter to the Civil Administration. According to the NGO, which fights for Jewish land rights, “all of this goes on in a natural area that is not intended for use as a landfill.”
 
Attorney Amir Fisher, who represents the NGO, said that “uninspected garbage dumping at the site seriously endangers the residents of the area and those passing through it and could cause people and vehicles to fall into the ravine, or cause injury to hikers passing through the riverbed, as the result of falling debris.” 
 
The Civil Administration informed Regavim that it can rest assured that it would soon begin to enforce matters at the site and stop the illegal activity there. On Sunday, this promise was kept.