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      Binyamin: Civil Administration Demolishes Illegal Arab Buildings

      The Civil Administration on Monday demolished several buildings that were illegally constructed by PA Arabs in the Binyamin region.
      By David Lev
      First Publish: 11/4/2013, 5:38 PM

      Illegal Arab building
      Illegal Arab building
      (Courtesy Regavim)

      The Civil Administration on Monday demolished several buildings that were illegally constructed by Palestinian Authority Arabs in the Binyamin region, north of Jerusalem. The illegal building took place at the “Doar junction,” in western Binyamin.

      The demolishing of the illegal buildings took place after a number of Israeli residents of the area complained to the Regavim organization about the construction. The buildings were constructed right next to a road used by Israelis, and the buildings constituted a security risk. The residents asked Regavim to demand that the Civil Administration fulfill its obligation to ensure that all residents of Judea and Samaria obeyed the law, with construction taking place only after the appropriate permits were obtained.

      In response, the Civil Administration sent tractors on Monday morning to tear down the illegal structures.

      According to Israeli law, the Civil Administration has the final word on all construction in Judea and Samaria. Building can only take place if the necessary permits are obtained. But while the Civil Administration is very careful to enforce the law in Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, it tends to overlook illegal structures built by Arabs. As a result, Israeli activists set up Regavim, a watchdog group that keeps track of illegal Arab building.

      According to Regavim, Arabs have built thousands of illegal structures that the Civil Administration has ignored, despite the fact that these buildings have no permits. The group has filed numerous lawsuits demanding that the Civil Administration fulfill its obligation not only when it comes to illegal Jewish building, but to illegal Arab building as well.