– Mark Langfan
– Mark Langfan
“David Ha’ivri is an important figure in Israeli politics and a force to be reckoned with as the head of the Shomron Liaison Office, representing the largest municipality in Israel. During my many encounters with David, he has always struck me as a very genuine, intelligent and hardworking man. In matters concerning Israel, I know I can count on David.”
– Magnus Frank, Danish student of Arabic and the Middle East, Copenhagen University, Denmark
In January, 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed a committee to examine the status of Israeli building in Judea and Samaria. Edmund Levy, former Justice and Vice President of the Supreme Court, headed the committee; its other members were Alan Baker, ambassador and international lawyer, and Tehiya Shapira, retired Tel Aviv District Court judge. Their report, “The Status of Building in Judea and Samaria” was released on July 8, 2012.
The committee concluded that, based on international law, because of both historical and legal factors, Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is not an “occupation” or “illegitimate,” and that Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria.
The report recommended that all scheduled demolitions be halted and guidelines be put in place so that communities in Judea and Samaria should be allowed to continue to build and grow.
The report was met with much media attention. Many politicians hailed the report and called for its implementation, but because of political pressure from the United States, it was quickly shelved and never brought before any ministerial committee.
Just as quickly as it appeared, it was gone.
Why is it so important?
The report is of critical importance, now more than ever.
At a time when the international community is once again screaming at Israel to stop the “illegitimate” building in the “Occupied West Bank,” Israel must respond. “It is legal!” We must be able to state that a government-appointed committee, led by the former Vice President of the Supreme Court, concluded that there is no occupation, and that we have legal grounds to live and build in Judea and Samaria.
A recent survey has shown that close to two thirds of Israeli Jews are unaware of Israel’s legal claims to the West Bank, or they believe it to be illegal under international law. That same survey showed that up to half of those would reconsider the eviction of settlements if they believed that they were legal under international law. We must educate the Israeli public about the report, which concludes that our presence in Judah and Samaria is legal.
At a time when Israel is once again at the negotiation table, we must change the perception that the pre-1967 borders are the starting point of any negotiations. The attitude must be that Israel has legal claims to Judea and Samaria, and that anything it relinquishes, it does as the legal owner and not as one returning something stolen.
The 350,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria live without basic civil rights. A growing family cannot add a simple extension to their home. At any moment, an order can be issued for their houses to be demolished. We must implement the recommendations of the Levy report which set in place a process for building and growth in Judea and Samaria and remove the threat of eviction from dozens of communities.
Join our campaign to raise awareness of Israel’s legal rights to Judea and Samaria, and to implement the Levy Report’s recommendations.
See a summary of the legal arguments of the report, as well as its conclusions in English here http://bit.ly/1gaZIxi.
AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A Palestinian writer and academic says a Jordanian court indicted him in absentia, accusing him of damaging the country’s image and inciting hatred.
“The court has indicted me for the crime of inciting hatred and attacking Jordan’s image and the image of its one nation,” Mudar Zahran told the Jerusalem Post Monday night. If found guilty, Zahran could face three years in prison.
Zahran said the indictment also accuses him of writing for Israeli newspapers.
“The only Israeli newspaper I write for is the Jerusalem Post,” he said.
Zahran, who resides in Britain where he was granted political asylum, has publicly described Jordan as an apartheid regime that resembles the system of racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until 1994.
Kirk Sowell, the principal of Uticensis Risk Services, based in Amman, told the Post Jordanian law allows even peaceful activism to be prosecuted.
“Zahran is being prosecuted for openly attacking the king, which is illegal here, but there are a number of individuals being prosecuted right now,” Sowell said.
In an article published by Israel Today Dec.11, Zahran accused Muslim authorities of neglecting Temple Mount, site of the al-Aqsa mosque. After visiting the site, he wrote the Islamic Wakf, in charge of maintaining Islam’s third-holiest site, receives $280,000 in donations each month but does not use the money for renovations, maintenance, or caring for the poor and needy.
“It seems we Arabs and Muslims … are harming al-Aqsa, not Israel or the Jews,” he wrote.