The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is seeking to ascertain why the Israeli government has decided to cut off all support to Jewish unauthorized outposts in Judea and Samaria, be it any and all forms of funding or the provision of infrastructure, while at the same time acquiescing in illegal Arab construction in and around Jerusalem by connecting some 160,000 such houses to the municipal water system. The ZOA is also calling for firm Israeli government action to deal with the surge of illegal Arab housing construction (Jonathan Lis, ‘Illegally built Arab homes in E. Jerusalem to get water service,’ Haaretz, November 4, 2008; Roni Sofer, ‘Gov’t withdraws support from all settler outposts,’ Yediot Ahronot, November 2, 2008).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We cannot understand how the Israeli government can turn a blind eye to unauthorized Arab construction in
“It has been said that such measures against Jewish outposts are a response to violence conducted by Jews from these and other communities in Judea and Samaria against recent demolition of Jewish housing but, if so, these measures are simply collective punishment. Those individuals guilty of violence are the only legitimate targets of government response, not whole communities of people, most if not all of whom may have had literally nothing to do with such incidents of violence.
“We hear incessantly, especially from hostile Arab governments, that
“So this is not a case of poor Arabs lacking money or resources to seek permits. Rather, real estate has been bought up, with encouragement of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA), by wealthy Arab sources, especially in
“It is often highlighted in the international media that Jews have been building without authorization in various places in Judea and