The Atarot Airport has Become Exterritorial- Tall Buildings have been Built Next to the Security Fence and Make it Irrelevant In the vicinity of the Atarot Airport, a large area has become exterritorial from the vantage point of the rule of law. This is in reference to a location that is within Jerusalem’s municipality and outside of the security fence.
Scores of structures, including multi-story buildings have been illegally constructed in “no man’s land” without building permits.
Local building authorities, whose job it is to ensure enforcement of planning and building codes in the area, shrug off any responsibility and do not even take the first step of opening inspection files and delivering demolition orders.
The construction of buildings adjacent to the security fence basically makes the fence ineffective, and endangers the defense forces moving along the route of the fence.
For quite some time the Regavim Movement has been involved in correspondence with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Interior Ministry, the authorities responsible for law enforcement in this area. The Interior Ministry claims that the Jerusalem Municipality is responsible for law enforcement, and the municipality claims that the responsibility lies with the Interior Ministry’s inspectors. Meanwhile, chaos reigns.
In light of the flight from responsibility taken by the legal authorities, Regavim contacted the state legal advisor on 25/10/10 demanding that they put the house in order and instruct the authorities to act in order to halt the failure of law enforcement and the loss of sovereignty in this location.
The movement waited patiently for about half a year to receive the advisor’s response, which did not arrive, despite reminders sent on the subject.
In response to the scandalous conduct of the enforcement agencies, Regavim submitted a petition to the Supreme Court requesting that it direct the state to take steps to enforce the law against rampant illegal construction in the area.
Following the refusal of the Supreme Court to adjucate the case, and its decision that this issue comes under the jurisdiction of the district court for administrative matters, Regavim filed a petition to the district court in the capital.