Brit Tzedek Welcomes
Rice’s Call for Clarification on E-1
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom welcomed Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice's call for the Israeli government to
clarify its plans to expropriate a significant swath of
Palestinian land in the West Bank, known as the E-1 region. The
group also asked Secretary Rice to urge the Israeli government
to take no further steps in developing the E-1 region, which
would prejudge the outcome of the final-status negotiations.
In a statement today, Brit Tzedek's president and former
Knesset member Marcia Freedman, said:
"Brit Tzedek v'Shalom commends Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice for requesting clarification about Israel's planned
expropriation of Palestinian lands from villages located between
East Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maale
Adumim. The land is slated to be used to build a road
between Jericho and East Jerusalem, in order to "free up" land
for long-planned construction of a massive Israeli residential
area and industrial park between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.
The US has long opposed this plan for the development of the
so-called E-1 region of the West Bank because it would cut the
West Bank in two and sever East Jerusalem from the rest of the
West Bank. Such plans would isolate the nearly 250,000
Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and cut off access to
the only major metropolitan center for the 2 million residents
of the West Bank. It is the long-held policy of the United
States that neither party should take actions that would
prejudge the outcome of final-status negotiations.
The E-1 development plan was first revealed in 2004 and was
frozen, mainly due to US opposition to it. The fact that the
Israeli Ministry of Defense under Minister Ehud Barak has taken
this step just as the entire international community is
concentrating its attention on the upcoming Annapolis peace
conference is particularly disturbing. This is a moment for
conciliatory gestures, not additional land grabs. We hope that
Secretary Rice can convince Israel to put the E-1 plan back in
the deep freeze and rescind the IDF's land expropriation
grills Israel over road planned on Palestinian land.
Haaretz. Oct. 16, 2007.
orders the expropriation of Arab land near East Jerusalem.
by Akiva Eldar. Haaretz. Oct. 14, 2007.
Expresses Deep Concern about Proposed New Jerusalem Road.
American Task Force on Palestine. Oct. 12, 2007.
is E-1?. Ir Amim: For an Equitable and Stable Jerusalem with
an Agreed Political Future.
in Focus: Vol. 1, Issue 1- E-1 & Ma’ale Adumim.
Americans for Peace Now. May 13, 2005.
Title: E1 Development Plan and Environs. Foundation for
Middle East Peace. 1998.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
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