Monday, March 1, 2010

Obama officials step up monitoring of Jews

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TEL AVIV – The Obama administration in recent weeks has stepped up its monitoring of Jewish construction projects in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, WND has learned.

Obama has called for a complete halt to what he calls settlement

activity, meaning Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a 10-month freeze on new Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank.

WND reported in August Obama's Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, oversaw the establishment of an enhanced apparatus based in the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem that closely monitors Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, incorporating regular tours of the areas.

Palestinian Authority officials told WND yesterday the consulate stepped up its monitoring efforts in recent weeks, at times collecting information on Jewish construction on a daily basis.

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