by Ido Ben Porat and Rachel Kaplan
Residents of the town of Carmel, in the Har Hevron region, were shocked on Shabbat to discover their new Palestinian neighbors.
EU-sponsored Palestinian caravan, near Carmel town
Until now, the EU has sponsored illegal construction mostly in the Adumim region, east of Jerusalem.
However, last Shabbat, residents of the town of Carmel were shocked to discover two new, large, EU-sponsored trailer homes, placed over Shabbat, only ten meters away from the town.
The trailers, mostly provided for Palestinian citizens, break international law and are a security threat for Israelis.
Recently, the Palestinian Authority have invested massive funds and resources in the Har Hevron region. Last week, the PA planted groves right up to the fence of Carmel, in an effort to steal sovereign Israeli land.
Several weeks ago, the Prime Minister of the PA, Rami Hamdallah, visited the Palestinian outpost next to the town. A video clip posted on the internet shows his security standing next to the town, armed with handguns - even though that's illegal in Area C.
"We're talking about a significant uptick in the illegal construction activities of the EU," explains Oved Arad, director of local activities for the Regavim Movement.
"In the last four years, they placed around a thousand houses like these in the Adumim area," Arad adds. "We're not just talking about a major infraction on the rule of law by foreign counties, rather about a dangerous, clearly strategic phenomenon.
"If we don't want to see similar number in Har Hevron, we need to deal with the problem while it is still small."
Illegal buildings funded by the EU
Photo: Regavim NGO
The Palestinian outpost next to the town of Carmel (Credit: Regavim Movement)
Ido Ben Porat and Rachel Kaplan
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