09.07.2011 07.Tammus, 5771 Balak
Monitoring efforts by the Civil Administration are not preventing large amounts of refuse from Israel proper from being dumped illegally in the West Bank.
An official from the Israel Defense Forces' Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, who traveled recently to the Palestinian villages Rantis and Shuqba, near Ramallah, saw a familiar face. It belonged to a Palestinian who had operated an unauthorized garbage dump but promised to stop using it some time ago. He had apparently gone back to work, bringing in refuse from Israeli territory. While administration officials were impounding vehicles at that site, a vehicle passed by on a parallel road, bringing scrap metal to yet another unauthorized dump.
Three years ago, the IDF Central Command issued an order banning the unauthorized transport of garbage into Judea and Samaria, and to that end its officials began monitoring crossing points between the territories and Israel proper. However, at present, operators of waste-disposal facilities in Israel complain that while they themselves run orderly, authorized dumps at high cost, large quantities of refuse from construction sites, in particular, are still being smuggled frequently and illegally across the Green Line and discarded in the territories on an ongoing basis….