Jan. 10, 2019
- The UK and EU Build an Illegal Road on an IDF Training Ground – Naomi Kahn
The British government and the EU are paving an illegal road on land in IDF Firing Zone 917, an army training ground in the southern Hebron Hills. The signs along the route leave no room for doubt: “This project is funded by the UK through the European Union and the Municipal Development and Lending Fund.” The illegal construction in the training area includes hundreds of residential structures, schools, clinics and mosques, funded by a combination of foreign bodies.
The bottom line: A new Arab city is being built in a strategically critical area, creating a swath of territory under Arab control stretching from the Arad Valley to the Hebron Hills and eastern Gush Etzion. In the 1980s, only a handful of Bedouin families lived in tents and temporary structures on the grounds of the training zone. The writer is Director of the International Division at Regavim. (JNS)