Tolerating hypocrisy in Jerusalem

Caroline Glick in her article Column One:Tolerating Hypocrisy in Jerusalem May. 14, 2007 blows the lid off the poseurs including the EU, US, and the governments of Israel.

Over the past 14 years the policies of Israel’s governments, the Israeli Left, the EU and the US have consistently been predicated on hypocrisy. The Left claims to be working for the civil rights of Arabs, whom it claims are being discriminated against by Israel and the Jerusalem municipality. The EU claims to seek a repartition of the city along the 1949 armistice lines to advance the cause of peace. The US claims to oppose any action that would prejudice the outcome of final status negotiations toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel’s governments claim that they are committed to Israeli sovereignty throughout the city and to the upholding of the rule of law.


The fact that all of these purported objectives are false was copiously documented in a report published last year by the Office for Public Inquiries for East Jerusalem. The organization, headed by Arieh King, is funded by private Jewish donors.

Entitled “Illegal building in East Jerusalem as a strategic tool of the Palestinian Authority in its struggle for the future of Jerusalem,” the 61-page report and its several hundred pages of attached documents provide a neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey of illegal Arab building in the city.

Contrary to the Left’s repeated contention that Jerusalem’s Arabs are forced to build illegally because the municipality refuses to grant them construction permits, the city approved a planning scheme that provides for the construction of 32,500 new housing units in Arab neighborhoods. This is on top of 24,000 units already in various stages of the licensing process,
and another 20,000 illegal structures built by Jerusalem Arabs in the past 20 years.

The political aim of the illegal construction is made clear by its financing sources. Since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, the PA, Saudi Arabia and the EU have spent millions of dollars in financing illegal construction in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, often on state and privately owned lands.

and concludes

While paying lip service to the city’s unity, by errors of commission and omission, Israel’s governments have failed to defend the property rights of public and private land owners in Jerusalem. They have allowed the PA, enemy states like Saudi Arabia and the EU to openly abet illegal building projects in the city.

Moreover, while they have used the letter of the law to justify expelling Jews from their communities in Judea and Samaria, successive governments have ignored both the letter and the spirit of the law in refusing to take concerted action to enforce the laws of the state by blocking illegal building in the capital.


May 16, 2007 | 1 Comment »

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  1. Although Glick doesn’t say so in her great article, I believe that the US State Department is behind Israel’s failure to enforce the law in Jerusalem. The governments of Israel were probably told in no uncertain terms to permit illegal Arab construction.

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