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Saturday, March 30, 2013
PA in gross violation of agreements bars Israelis from Solomons Pools

PA in gross violation of agreements bars Israelis from Solomons Pools
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA - 30 March 2013

Under the terms of the Interim Agreement the PA has no right to interfere
with Israelis wishing to drive to Solomon's Pools.

The Violation:

Palestinian Authority rejects Bethlehem settler visit
Published Friday 29/03/2013 (updated) 29/03/2013 20:13
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=579972

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority says it rejects Israeli plans
to bring a group of settlers to the historic Solomon's Pools site near
Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

On Thursday the deputy governor of Bethlehem, Mohammad Taha, told Ma'an that
the decision was a "flagrant violation" of the Oslo Accords which designate
areas of control in the occupied territories. The pools are in Area A -- the
17 percent of the West Bank under the full control of the Palestinian
Authority....

The obligation:

THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN INTERIM AGREEMENT 28 Sep 1995
Annex I Protocol Concerning Redeployment and Security Arrangements
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+Peace+Process/THE+ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN+INTERIM+AGREEMENT+-+Annex+I.htm

ARTICLE XI
Rules of Conduct in Mutual Security Matters
...

4. Rules of Conduct on Roads for Israelis

a. Israeli military forces and Israeli civilians may continue to use roads
freely within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

b. On the main roads that are jointly patrolled, vehicles bearing Israeli
license plates shall not be stopped except for identification, which shall
be conducted by a Joint Patrol, pursuant to the provisions of Article III of
this Annex. The Israeli side of such a patrol may carry out identity and
vehicle documentation checks. In the event that a vehicle bearing a license
plate issued by either the Council or the Civil Administration is stopped,
the Palestinian side of the Joint Patrol may carry out identity and vehicle
documentation checks.

c. On other roads vehicles bearing Israeli license plates shall not be
stopped by the Palestinian Police, except that such vehicles may be stopped
in the Gaza Strip, in Area A or in places in Area B where there is a police
station or post for the purpose of identification checks of the
above-mentioned documentation.

d. Israelis shall under no circumstances be apprehended or placed in custody
or prison by Palestinian authorities. However, where an Israeli is suspected
of having committed an offense, he or she may be detained in place by the
Palestinian Police while ensuring his or her protection, in accordance with
the provisions of Annex IV, until the arrival of a Joint Patrol, called
immediately by the Palestinian Police, or of other Israeli representatives
dispatched by the relevant DCO.

e. Israeli pedestrians may be required to produce identity documentation (if
above the age of sixteen). Thereafter, they shall be treated in accordance
with the provisions of this Article.

f. Uniformed members of the Israeli military forces, as well as vehicles of
the Israeli military forces, shall not be stopped by the Palestinian Police
in any circumstances, and shall not be subject to any identification
requirements. Without derogating from the above, in the event of suspicion
regarding such a person or vehicle, the Palestinian Police may notify the
Israeli authorities through the relevant DCO, in order to request
appropriate assistance.

g. Verification, pursuant to this Article, of the identity of persons who
claim to be Israelis but cannot present appropriate identification
documentation, will be confirmed by the Israeli side of a Joint Patrol,
called by the Palestinian Police, or by other Israeli representatives
dispatched by the relevant DCO.

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