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Israel defends actions over Tent of Nations

06 June 2014


From Yifta Curiel

Sir, - Your report concerning the Tent of Nations project (News, 30 May) is misleading and factually incorrect on key issues.

There is an ongoing legal dispute concerning the land on which the project is being carried out. The removal of trees - 300, not 1500 as claimed - was carried out in a plot of land designated as public land, located in Area C (which, under Interim Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, is under full Israeli administrative control).

An Appeals Committee in December 2012 stated clearly that the petitioners failed to prove their claim of ownership of that plot of land. A second plot in the area is partly on private land, and in this area neither trees nor structures were removed - this although construction was carried out without required building permits, as the matter is pending judicial decision. Rather than "a military threat to a peace farm", this is a legal matter that is being manipulated for political gain.

Embassy of Israel, 2 Palace Green
London W8 4Q

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