Sweden opposed to Israeli settlement activities/And The Clandestine Purchase of Church al-Baraka by Uber US Zionist Billionaire, Irving Moskowitz (double article)

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian ambassador to Sweden Hala Husni Fariz said Monday that the Swedish government remains completely opposed to Israeli settlement activity across the occupied Palestinian territories, labeling such activity as a “violation of international law and an obstacle in the way of peace.”

Her comments came after the recent exposure of the sale of a West Bank church compound to an Israeli settler organization had apparently used a Swedish company to conceal their identity.

The 38 dunam church compound, known as Beit al-Baraka, is located to the north of al-Arrub refugee camp between Bethlehem and Hebron.

It has been in the spotlight since an investigative report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz last month alleged that an American millionaire, Irving Moskowitz, purchased the site through a Swedish company in 2012 with the intention of turning it into a settlement outpost.

A Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Basil Ghattas, told Ma’an that he had sent a letter to the Swedish government via the Swedish embassy in Tel Aviv demanding that Sweden investigate the church compound’s transfer.

Ghattas said that he had not yet received a response from the Swedish ambassador.

Last month, Haaretz reported that a Swedish company established in 2007 — Scandinavian Seamen Holy Land Enterprises — had been used to cover up the sale and transfer of Beit al-Baraka in 2012 to a settler organization funded by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz.

Pastor Keith Coleman, who headed the church that previously owned the compound, told Haaretz he thought it had been sold to a Swedish organization that would revive its use as a church.

However, Haaretz discovered that, “the Swedish group was established in Stockholm in 2007, and seems to have been used as a cover for transferring the ownership of the compound to the settlers. The group does not seem to have any offices.”

After registering the purchase with the Israeli Civil Administration in 2012, the Swedish company was then dissolved, with ownership handed over to an American nonprofit organization, American Friends of the Everest Foundation, funded by Irving Moskowitz.

The Everest foundation, which works towards the “Judaization” of occupied East Jerusalem, owns several properties in East Jerusalem totaling a value of $12 million, according to Ha’aretz.

The church lies in a sensitive location, which when settled, will see Israeli settlements stretch all the way from the Gush Etzion settler bloc south of Jerusalem to the cluster of settlements around Hebron.

Beit al-Baraka used to be owned by the Baraka Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, although they split decades ago.

via Sweden opposed to Israeli settlement activities.


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How they do it–US Jewish millionaire hid purchase of West Bank property


Philanthropist Irving Moskowitz used shell companies to conceal plan for an outpost in an abandoned church near Hebron

ed note–a small example as to how ‘they do it’. Like thieves in the night, they operate under cover of darkness and obscurity (by way of deception, we shall make war against the Gentiles) and not until their ‘work’ is done do their victims wake to find the house ransacked of all its valuables while they are back at the hideout counting the loot and congratulating themselves over yet another successful heist.And for those who would say ‘oh, this is because they aren’t REAL Jews who follow their Torah, all we can say is–read ’em and weep–

‘When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he will give you a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant…’

–Book of Deuteronomy


Times of Israel

The right-wing American philanthropist Irving Moskowitz purchased an abandoned church near Hebron for future use as a Jewish West Bank settlement, employing a variety of shell corporations and charitable organizations to cover up the acquisition of the property, the Haaretz daily reported Thursday.

News broke last week that activist Arieh King, a Jerusalem City Council member, bought the property near the al-Aroub refugee camp between Hebron and Jerusalem three years ago and in recent weeks began refurbishing it with the intention of establishing a new settlement outpost there. However, the source of King’s funding was unknown until this week.

The report said that the church property was owned by a Presbyterian church in Pennsylvania through a group called “The Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions” until 2008.

At that time, Joan Davenport, the nun who managed the property, left Israel. “We decided to finish our mission in Israel because they told us in Bethlehem that there were enough local Christians and that they did not need us,” she said.

The site includes eight buildings, among them a large central structure and several smaller ones. Twenty years ago the Presbyterian church was turned into a hostel, but the business venture failed and the site was abandoned and left in ruins.

The compound was built by Thomas Lambie, an American missionary who worked in Ethiopia before coming to Palestine in 1947. He established a hospital for tuberculosis patients at the site, where he was buried after his death in 1954.

The property was sold to a Swedish organization in March 2008, according to Pastor Keith Coleman, the head of the Pennsylvania church.

That Swedish group, Scandinavian Seamen Holy Land Enterprises, has no offices or other property holdings and appears to only have existed for the purposes of that deal. One of the group’s representatives is the husband of noted Swedish Israel activist Gro Faye-Hansen Wenske.

In 2012 that organization was taken over by the American Friends of the Everest Foundation — a misnomer, as the group operates in Jerusalem rather than in the Himalayas.

The Irving Moskowitz Founation is the group’s only contributor and Moskowitz’s son-in-law Oren Ben-Ezra manages the organization alongside Moskowitz’s wife Cherna, according to its nonprofit filings.

The group controlled nearly $8 million’s worth of land and buildings in East Jerusalem as of 2012, according to AFEF’s tax exemption forms. And the organization currently holds over $11 million in assets, it reported in 2015.

For the past few months the compound has undergone repairs and is expected to house as many as 20 families. A new fence has also been built despite a stop-work injunction by the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank, which cited the lack of a building permit for the fence.

The nature of the site was kept a secret even from those working on it. A man who went by Emanuel, who claimed to be Norwegian, dealt with the Palestinian workers in the compound. Emanuel claimed he wanted to merely restore the church to its former state, Haaretz reported.

The IDF was unaware of the site’s intended purpose, and security for the settlement-to-be was even handled by a private company, the report said.

Repairs stopped when news of the compound’s refurbishment broke last week, and its owners have alerted the army that there are no plans to move people into the space in the near future.

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