Near the Alon Road, coming up north from Jericho towards Bet El/Ramallah is the Rimonim Junction.
The Civil Administration has approved the establishment of a landfill near the junction and is acting to construct it.
The landfill is being financed by the German Bank KfW on condition that it is established in Area C for the sole use of the Arab population.
The same German bank established the wastewater treatment facility near Psagot, which polluted Wadi Kelt (Nahal Prat).
The landfill will contaminate the Makuh River which is an official nature reserve, and the water wells in Mevo'ot Yericho.
A number of environmental organizations including the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Green Now, the Cave Research Unit, the Municipal Environmental Association, together with Jewish and Arab residents of the area, have filed objections to the Civil Administration.
Unfortunately this is not enough and the Civil Administration is moving ahead with the project …..
A Supreme Court petition filed by Green Now is stalling the work until August 21, however on that date the Civil Administration will file its response and it is likely that work will begin there shortly after.
Alongside the ecological arguments there are other significant perspectives as well:
Close to the site there is an arrangement of rocks similar to a foot print which was identified by archeologist Adam Zartal z"l as the "Gilgal". To his understanding the "Gilgal" was a place of gathering for the Jewish people on special occasions. The terms "pilgrimage", and "festival" connect to the special shape which is mentioned in the Bible 19 times and has been located in 6 different places in the Jordan Valley.
It is possible that this site is the place where the Jewish people gathered as described in the book of Samuel: "Then said Samuel to the people: 'Come and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there….And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal".
We have a 3,000 year testament which is about to be destroyed and for these reasons we must protest:
1. Our national honor – This is in effect "judenrein" for waste as well.
2. The destruction of an archeological site – in every location in Israel when archeological findings are discovered any construction is halted. In this case archeological findings are clearly exposed, but the authorities are completely ignoring this vital fact.
3. Ecological damage – the construction of the landfill will cause environmental damage, damage to the water, damage to the unique caves in the area and to the unique Iris which grows there.
Attorney Tomer Israel together with Moshe Eyal appealed to all our partners in order protest in Israel and around the world.
On Friday August 12 there will be a tour of the area with Ariel Filber from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. The tour is organized by "Amitim L'Tiyulim'. The media will also be covering the tour and we are calling upon you to take part. Strength in numbers will be extremely significant. Please share and join us.
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