Left-Wing Activists, Arabs Plan to Build Unauthorized Outposts

Israeli left-wing activists and foreign PLO supporters plan to build outposts and plant trees on behalf of Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

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Left-wing activists confront the IDF
Left-wing activists confront the IDF
Israeli left-wing activists, together with foreign PLO supporters, plan to build outpost settlements and plant trees on behalf of Arab residents in Judea and Samaria. The land of which they are seeking to take control, in some cases, is defined as state land, making the construction illegal.

One of the latest projects of several left-wing organizations, led by Rabbis for Human Rights, is to rebuild demolished illegal homes for Arabs on state-owned lands in the southern Hevron Hills. In another campaign, the activists and local Arabs plan to plant trees in areas of Samaria claimed by the Jewish "G'vaot Olam" farm, near Itamar and the Gilad farm.
One of the latest projects of several left-wing organizations is to rebuild demolished illegal homes for Arabs on state-owned lands in the southern Hevron Hills.

"An hour ago," wrote Rabbis for Human Rights director Arik Ascherman in a letter to supporters, "the powers that be ruled in favor of a farmer from Haris [near the city of Ariel, in Samaria]. Twice last week we didn't succeed in planting on his lands next to the settlement of Revava."  He went on to call upon activists to join Arabs from the Samaria village of Yanoun Wednesday in planting on land claimed by G'vaot Olam founder Avri Ran.

Ascherman's organization is calling upon leftists and foreign activists to prepare for a prolonged "struggle" for lands currently under Jewish ownership or state sovereignty in the Hevron Hills.  Joining Rabbis for Human Rights in the recruitment are far-left groups such as Ta'ayush, the International Solidarity Movement, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Gush Shalom, Coalition of Women for Peace, Machsom Watch, Yesh Gvul, Peace Now and Meretz (of Be'er Sheva).

As part of their ongoing campaign, left-wing activists have encouraged local Arabs to bring claims against Jewish or state ownership to selected lands before Israeli courts. When they obtain a court order in their favor, the activists and Arabs plant trees or destroy Jewish crops on the lands in question; however, when the courts rule against the Arab claimants (as is the case in the Hevron Hills), many foreign and Israeli left-wing radicals violently block the destruction of any Arab-owned structures on the contested property and help the Arab residents illegally rebuild anything successfully demolished by the authorities.

Last month, Ascherman, an American-born Reform rabbi, led Arabs and foreign activists in an effort to physically prevent thousands of Jewish schoolchildren in the B'nei Akiva youth movement from planting trees in honor of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish "New Year for trees." The incident took place in the industrial area of the southern Hevron Hills, between Be'er Sheva and Hevron. Two nights later, vandals uprooted approximately half of the 5,000 cedar and pine trees that the children had planted.


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