ISRAEL LEGALISES PROPERTY AND LAND THEFT IN JERUSALEM

 

The state and the groups involved concealed the transactions and refused to give any information about them.

 

State gave East Jerusalem lands to rightist groups without tenders

Investigation reveals Israel Lands Administration transferred properties in Silwan and in Old City to Elad and Ateret Cohanim for low prices, bypassing law.

Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Photo by: Michal Fattal

The Israel Lands Administration is transferring properties in the Silwan neighborhood and the Old City of Jerusalem to right-wing groups Elad and Ateret Cohanim for low prices, without issuing a tender as required by law, a Haaretz investigation has found.

The state and the groups involved concealed the transactions and refused to give any information about them.

At the end of a lengthy legal struggle conducted by left-wing activist Dror Etkes, the court decided to have the ILA release only part of the information, to prevent the properties’ identification.

Haaretz has located three of the properties the ILA reported on at the court’s instruction.

The inquiry shows the ILA’s list does not include dozens of properties, perhaps because they were handed over to other related organizations or subsidiaries, some of which are registered abroad.

Some of them may be tax shelters.

Haaretz has exposed transcripts of conversations held by controversial Elad leader David Beeri with then-Public Security Minister Avi Dichter during a visit to some of the properties in 2008.

The transcripts illustrate that even if the acts were carried out by law, as the organizations keep saying, their end – increasing the Jewish population of East Jerusalem – sometimes justified unconventional means.

Elad commented that it is acting to buy properties but everything it does is legal, transparent and honest.

The ILA said it had passed on all the required information. Ateret Cohanim chose not to comment.

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3 Comments

  1. Big Joe said,

    November 5, 2010 at 17:44

    lebensraum – sieg heil!

  2. November 5, 2010 at 18:34

    [...] ISRAEL LEGALISES PROPERTY AND LAND THEFT IN JERUSALEM [...]

  3. Holocaust Gaza said,

    November 5, 2010 at 23:09

    Not only in Palestine, also in the homeland of the “free” in the USA! 500.000 foreclosures will shop up in the next 2 month!


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