Majdal Shams 311.
(photo credit: GPO [file])
Following the aftermath of last Sunday’s Nakba Day events, on Thursday Israeli
lands protection group Regavim sent a letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak and
the heads of the enforcement agencies, calling on them to demolish illegal
buildings in Majdal Shams that Regavim claims were used by the Syrian
The letter, sent to Barak, as well as Interior Minister Eli
Yishai, Internal Defense Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and local building
enforcement agency heads, said Regavim inspectors identified 13 buildings
located 20-50 meters from the Israel-Syria border, which were built without
proper permits and enabled the Syrian protesters to cross the border undetected
by the IDF outpost located near the village.
“It is likely that had the
buildings not been situated so close to the border, the minimal security zone
would have enabled the IDF troops to cordon off the event and prevent the
widescale entrance of protesters that occurred,” read the letter.
letter added that even without the Nakba Day events, it is “not healthy” to have
multi-story buildings so close to the border fence, since they create
surveillance gaps and provide cover for future infiltrations.
Northern Regional Director, Meir Deutche, said that the group had warned the
enforcement agencies about the building’s construction two years ago, when it
first began, but that their warnings about the potential risks went
Deutche said that the group had reasons to believe that the
Druse residents of Majdal Shams, who constructed the buildings, had received
support from Syria.