Daniella Weiss 370.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Former Kedumim mayor Daniella Weiss is organizing 1,000 people to camp out next
month for Shabbat on E1, an unbuilt area of the Ma’aleh Adumim
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised to advance plans
to build 3,500 homes there to protest the UN General Assembly decision last
November to upgrade the Palestinian status to that of a non-member
But Palestinians have threatened to attempt to sue Israel at the
International Criminal Court if it moves forward with the E1
According to Ma’aleh Adu- mim Mayor Benny Kashriel, E1 building
plans remain frozen.
Weiss, a veteran settler activist, told The
that she is looking to re-spark the debate over E1 and generate
grassroots support to ensure that the project moves forward.
month or so, we will bring 1,000 people for Shabbat, just for 24 hours,” she
“We’ll tell the government beforehand so it won’t be a secret,” she
said. “It’s part of a general effort to rouse public opinion and public support
Weiss spoke with the Post by telephone on her way up to Safed to
solicit support for the 1,000-person Shabbat from right-wing activists
Weiss has also put together a core group of 20 families who have
signed up to be the first families to live there.
She is weighing the
possibility of attempting to create an outpost there, even in advance of
authorizations for construction.
“I know it will be difficult,” she
This government, which is a right-wing one, should allow the people
to redeem the land by settling it, she said.
She noted that five years
ago, settlers built an outpost on Ma’aleh Adumim that was removed by security
Kashriel has in the past also temporarily placed a caravan on E1,
to protest the government failure to build there in spite of promising to do
so for almost two decades.
In the past half-year Palestinians have also
twice tried to build outposts there, which security forces
Palestinians have claimed that Jewish building on E1 would harm
contiguous development of the land in that area and make it impossible to have
a viable state.
Israel has rejected that claim.
argued that development of E1 is necessary for the future growth of his city.