Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Return of the Mandate?

The news:-

British-backed activist who keeps track of Israel's West Bank activities

IF Palestinians one day achieve a viable state, they will owe some thanks to a determined young Israeli activist and her British backers for its territory not being entirely eclipsed by Israeli settlements.

Hagit Ofran, a down-to-earth former university student of Jewish history, uses a four-wheel drive vehicle, pocket-sized camera and a deep sense of mission in order to monitor the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank area captured during the 1967 war.

Her findings translate into pressure on the Israeli government from abroad and within to stop further encroachment on Palestinian land.

Ms Ofran's official title is director of the settlement watch team of the Peace Now organisation. In practice, she is a spy operating in hostile territory, snooping, sniffing and piecing together snippets of intelligence to show how much illicit building is going on.

The British government is contributing £93,000 to the project this year

Do the Brits want the Mandate back?


That's about 145,000 US dollars, or just over a half-million NIS.

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