300 Israelis march during the Jewish Sabbath to block Arab construction

Hundreds of Israelis try to prevent a new Arab city from being built right next to their homes.

By Aryeh Savir, TPS

Some 300 Israelis from the Shiloh Bloc in Samaria marched to an Arab construction site situated right on top of a new Israeli community, using their bodies to stop the construction. The work was halted for a short while.

Adhering to the call of the rabbis of the bloc, some 300 men and women from the neighboring communities marched on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, in protest against the construction.

A new Arab city is currently being built adjacent to the Israeli communities of Amichai and Adei Ad in the Shiloh Valley, apparently a part of the Fayyad Plan.

The plan was publicized 10 years ago.

Known as the Plan for the Creation of the State of Palestine, then-Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Salaam Fayyad laid out a clear and methodical program for seizing control of territory in Area C, under full Israeli control as prescribed by the Oslo Accords, to form a broad and viable basis for a Palestinian state, specifically in the areas under Israeli control.

Fayyad’s plan essentially bypasses all negotiation or compromise with Israel and creates facts on the ground.

In 2009, the number of illegal Arab structures in Area C stood at 29,784, while in 2018 the number surged to 58,435, according to data collected by the Regavim organization.

The construction of the new city adjacent to Amichai and Adei Ad is aimed “strangling, threatening, and causing the eviction of the Israelis,” say the Israeli residents.

Israelis living in the Shiloh bloc have launched a campaign against the new Arab city, saying it threatens their security, but the IDF and Israeli authorities are so far enabling the construction.

Residents say that they are in contact with senior political officials to stop the construction, “which poses a real threat to the adjacent communities.”

They noted that at the exact point where the Palestinians are building, a terrorist carried out a shooting attack against a resident of Gush Shiloh several years ago.