Archive for the ‘ELAD’ tag
Mohammed Nabulsi, an East Jerusalem taxi driver, provided settler organizations with affadavits claiming that Palestinian owners of East Jerusalem homes were “absentees” residing in enemy countries, which the state used over and over to expropriate the properties and turn them over to settler organizations. In 1992, the Custodian of Absentee Properties, Aharon Shakarji, told the Knesset State Control Committee that he had received between 10 and 15 affidavits of this type from Nabulsi, on the basis of which a property owner was declared absentee, although people were living in the houses at the time. Despite criticism, the system of absentee declaration continues to be used.
State Comptroller’s report describes a number shortcomings in the functioning of the Municipality of Elad. Among other things, the report states that the municipality acted against the law and rules of proper governance, such as granting compensation and Benefits to employees at the office of the mayor, Mr. Yitzchak Idan.
The Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, cancelled plans to declare a nature reservation in Shilo Creek in Samaria, in order to enable the Haredi city of ELAD to expand at the expense of the same land. The plans to declare the reservation had been in deliberation for approximately ten years, and the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel stated that “the minister, with the wave of his quill, is canceling decisions that have been years in the making”.
At a station providing ABC protection kits at the postal office in Elad, the line was segregated into men and women.
Right-wing associations active in Jerusalem, such as the Elad association, are excused from filing reports with the Registrar of Associations for donations they receive from individuals living abroad. Some of the donations are conveyed via fictitious companies registered in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, in order to blur the money trail. (Hebrew)
The Israel Land Authority has been transferring properties in the Silwan neighborhood in Occupied East Jerusalem to the ELAD and Ateret Cohanim associations at low prices, without offering them up for competitive bidding, as required by law (English).