Arutz Sheva exposé stops illegal Arab building

Road from Nabi Samuel renovated over Shabbat without Civil Administration approval - and with EU money.

Hezki Baruch ,

Road being paved
Road being paved
Hezki Ezra

The Palestinian Authority (PA) recently began constructing a road from the village of Nabi Samuel, not far from the grave of the Biblical prophet Samuel, located near the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem. 

The European Union (EU) financed the construction, and specifically donated money to the PA to carry out the work. 

The project, however, is illegal under Israeli law - as Nabi Samuel is located in Area C, the area of Judea-Samaria recognized as being under Israeli control.

All projects must be approved in advance, therefore, by the Civil Administration - and this project, Arutz Sheva discovered, was not. The work, moreover, was done on Shabbat, a time when the Civil Administration does not issue ground inspectors and could not stop construction. 

Following a notice from Arutz Sheva, Civil Administration inspectors surveyed the area Sunday morning, and issued a stop-work order against the construction. 

"During a routine patrol of the Civil Administration held this morning, we identified illegal work renovating an existing road to the village of Nabi Samuel, which started the day before after not being coordinated in advance," the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) stated.

"We issued a stop-work order and the continuation of the work will be carried out only after applying for an orderly authorization by the necessary bodies." 

The EU-funded project, in breach of Israeli law, is just one of dozens of similar projects funded by the European Union and aimed at establishing "facts on the ground" in Judea and Samaria.