(Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Matza, 5/20/05): Palestinians say encirclement of [Rachel's] Tomb, including at least 18 nearby Palestinian houses with about 165 residents and a large expanse of olive groves, is an illegal seizure of Palestinian land."
: According to Colonel Dany Tirza, head of the IDF Central Command unit responsible for strategic ans spatial planning of the security fence, the section of the barrier encircling the Rachel's Tomb will not include any Palestinian houses.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, Trudy Rubin, 4/13/05): ... plans to build 3,500 housing units on the West Bank to connect the settlement of Maaleh Adumim with Jerusalem. This would cut the West Bank in half and isolate it from Arab areas of East Jerusalem.
: The proposed neighborhood of Maaleh Adumim will neither cut the West Bank in half nor isolate it from eastern Jerusalem. For details, click here.