The new Palestinian Authority police station near Ma'aleh Adomim.
(photo credit: KHALED ABU-TOAMEH)
Palestinians are waiting for Israeli authorization to begin operating a new police station near the entrance to Eizariya, though the Civil Administration is unlikely to give the green light.
The station is already built, but police need permission from the Civil Administration before they can move into the building. It is located a few kilometers from the Israeli police station on the edge of Ma’aleh Adumim.
Eizariya is located mostly in Area C of the West Bank and partially in Area B. Palestinian police stations, under the terms of the Oslo Accords, are supposed to be located in Area A, which is under the full civil control of the Palestinian Authority.
Stations have also been built in Area B, but the Civil Administration is not expected to authorize the Eizariya station. A governmental order would be needed for it to become operational.
Israel Police also have a large regional station a short distance away, on an unbuilt hilltop in E1 just west of Ma’aleh Adumim.
A PA security official told The Jerusalem Post he hoped the station would be inaugurated in the coming weeks. The stone station will replace the one in the nearby village of Abu Dis, which was too small to handle the security forces needed to fight crime there.
The town of 20,000 people is widely believed to be the site where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, sandwiched between the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim.
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