Vente Internationale d’Appartements à Jérusalem?

J’ai reçu un courriel ce matin qui m’a fait bondir le cœur dans la poitrine.

Une pub, envoyée par courriel, pour attirer des clients français à acheter des appartements de luxe, dans un complexe nommé “Hollyland Park” à Jérusalem.

Bon! J’ai fait des recherches sur le net et ai trouvé un article (en anglais) sur ce complexe. Il paraît que les promoteurs auraient dénudé cette colline couverte de pins pour y construire cette monstruosité — comme s’ils avaient déjà trop d’arbres dans cette contrée!

Pourquoi ne pas utiliser cet argent pour construire des logements pour ceux qui vivent dans une grande pauvreté… sans eau, sans aide médicale et sans toit décent au-dessus de leur tête?

Et une autre question que je me pose… avec toute la controverse des israéliens construisant tout partout et envahissant les terres palestiniennes… je me demande si ce Hollyland stuff serait construit sur des terres appartenant aux palestiniens?

Ceci dit, je vais placer, ci-dessous, la pub que j’ai reçue de même que l’article (en anglais), trouvé sur le net.

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Pub pour vente d'appart à Jérusalem

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Jerusalem Real Estate Scandal Topples Giants…

by Jesse Fox, Tel Aviv, Israel on 04.25.10


The “Holyland Park” apartment complex in Jerusalem. (image by Adiel lo, via Wikipedia)

A massive corruption scandal involving some of the most powerful people in Israel and an almost universally loathed building complex in Jerusalem has highlighted the need for tighter regulation of the country’s land planning system. But this hasn’t stopped the Prime Minister from pushing his plan to radically deregulate the planning system.

Quite a few ugly buildings have been built in Jerusalem in recent years, but none have been as traumatic for the people of the city as the Holyland Park project, known to most simply as “Holyland.” Built about a decade ago on what used to be a pine-covered hilltop in southern Jerusalem, the neighborhood contains almost 1,000 luxury apartments in a row of buildings that stick out like a sore thumb on the city’s modest skyline.

Back in the 1990’s, the project was rejected by planning authorities for sloppy and unprofessional planning. A few years later, however, Jerusalem’s local planning committee approved a vastly expanded version of the project, ignoring protests from neighbors and environmental groups. What made the authorities change their minds? Apparently, millions of dollars in bribes to key officials.

Holy Scandal

The Holyland scandal broke in early April, and since then barely a day has gone by without some new senior figure being implicated. Thus far, two former deputy mayors, a former mayor, the former city engineer and even former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (also a former mayor) have been named as suspects, along with a host of political cronies and the project’s developers.

The affair has been described as the biggest corruption scandal in the Israel’s history, and the country’s National Fraud Squad is reportedly focusing exclusively on it, with all other investigations put on hold.

Planning Reform in Doubt

The scandal, which has exposed the weaknesses of Israel’s planning system for all to see, broke at a particularly inconvenient time for current PM Benjamin Netanyahu, whose attempt to push through an already controversial reform of the planning system no longer seems like such a wise idea. Worse still, it turns out that one of the architects of Netanyahu’s reform apparently used to work for the developers of Holyland.

Critics of the PM’s reform, who claim it would benefit real estate developers at the expense of the public, have latched onto the Holyland scandal as proof that the planning system needs to be bolstered, not weakened.

Last week, at an Earth Day ceremony, environmentalists sarcastically granted the PM a “black globe” for his attempts to promote the reform.

Netanyahu has responded by ordering a “reassessment of oversight mechanisms” in the new law, but opponents are calling on the government to scrap the current reform altogether and start formulating a new one – this time, with the participation of the public and the NGO community.

The ‘Holyland’ Effect

Meanwhile, in the wake of the scandal, exposing questionable real estate projects that fell through the cracks has become the new national sport (the local press has deemed this “the Holyland effect”).

In Jerusalem, a city councilor has asked the police to investigate how an apartment complex was approved in place of a soccer field, while its developers were exempted from paying tens of millions of dollars in betterment taxes. In Tel Aviv, a residents’ organization is appealing against the approval of a hi-rise planned for their neighborhood, claiming the building’s architect was implicated in the Holyland scandal. In Haifa, a city council member put together a list of seven shady real estate projects which he says must be stopped before they become local ‘Holylands’.

These efforts could turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg, as Israel’s big cities are littered with dubious real estate deals and seemingly arbitrary planning decisions – all of which are now potentially suspect as the next Holyland.

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International Selling of Appartments in Jerusalem?

I received an e-mail, this morning, that made my heart jumped in my chest. It is a colorful advertisement, in French, selling appartments in a deluxe complex — called Holyland Park — in Jerusalem. Made some researches on the net and found info on it.

I just ask myself why — with all the controversy of Israel stubbornly building appartment towers all over the place, even on Palestinian land — they are building expensive and deluxe places when so many people, in this area, are living in misery, without water, medical help and without a decent roof over their head.

They destroyed a nice pine-covered hilltop to build this complex — as if they have such an abundance of trees in this area ! With all this money, couldn’t they have built housing for poor people so they can live decently?

And my last question… is this complex built on a controversial land, belonging to Palestinians?

You will find, below, an article about this complex and I will try to download the ad (which is in French) I received.

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French ad for the "Holyland Park" in Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem Real Estate Scandal Topples Giants, buildings remanin standing.

by Jesse Fox, Tel Aviv, Israel on 04.25.10

holyland park jerusalem
The “Holyland Park” apartment complex in Jerusalem. (image by Adiel lo, via Wikipedia)

A massive corruption scandal involving some of the most powerful people in Israel and an almost universally loathed building complex in Jerusalem has highlighted the need for tighter regulation of the country’s land planning system. But this hasn’t stopped the Prime Minister from pushing his plan to radically deregulate the planning system.

Quite a few ugly buildings have been built in Jerusalem in recent years, but none have been as traumatic for the people of the city as the Holyland Park project, known to most simply as “Holyland.” Built about a decade ago on what used to be a pine-covered hilltop in southern Jerusalem, the neighborhood contains almost 1,000 luxury apartments in a row of buildings that stick out like a sore thumb on the city’s modest skyline.

Back in the 1990’s, the project was rejected by planning authorities for sloppy and unprofessional planning. A few years later, however, Jerusalem’s local planning committee approved a vastly expanded version of the project, ignoring protests from neighbors and environmental groups. What made the authorities change their minds? Apparently, millions of dollars in bribes to key officials.

Holy Scandal

The Holyland scandal broke in early April, and since then barely a day has gone by without some new senior figure being implicated. Thus far, two former deputy mayors, a former mayor, the former city engineer and even former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (also a former mayor) have been named as suspects, along with a host of political cronies and the project’s developers.

The affair has been described as the biggest corruption scandal in the Israel’s history, and the country’s National Fraud Squad is reportedly focusing exclusively on it, with all other investigations put on hold.

Planning Reform in Doubt

The scandal, which has exposed the weaknesses of Israel’s planning system for all to see, broke at a particularly inconvenient time for current PM Benjamin Netanyahu, whose attempt to push through an already controversial reform of the planning system no longer seems like such a wise idea. Worse still, it turns out that one of the architects of Netanyahu’s reform apparently used to work for the developers of Holyland.

Critics of the PM’s reform, who claim it would benefit real estate developers at the expense of the public, have latched onto the Holyland scandal as proof that the planning system needs to be bolstered, not weakened.

Last week, at an Earth Day ceremony, environmentalists sarcastically granted the PM a “black globe” for his attempts to promote the reform.

Netanyahu has responded by ordering a “reassessment of oversight mechanisms” in the new law, but opponents are calling on the government to scrap the current reform altogether and start formulating a new one – this time, with the participation of the public and the NGO community.

The ‘Holyland’ Effect

Meanwhile, in the wake of the scandal, exposing questionable real estate projects that fell through the cracks has become the new national sport (the local press has deemed this “the Holyland effect”).

In Jerusalem, a city councilor has asked the police to investigate how an apartment complex was approved in place of a soccer field, while its developers were exempted from paying tens of millions of dollars in betterment taxes. In Tel Aviv, a residents’ organization is appealing against the approval of a hi-rise planned for their neighborhood, claiming the building’s architect was implicated in the Holyland scandal. In Haifa, a city council member put together a list of seven shady real estate projects which he says must be stopped before they become local ‘Holylands’.

These efforts could turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg, as Israel’s big cities are littered with dubious real estate deals and seemingly arbitrary planning decisions – all of which are now potentially suspect as the next Holyland.

Fumée Noire / Fumée Blanche

Ce matin, tout en écoutant CNN, j’ai eu une pensée vraiment drôle et je voudrais la partager avec vous… juste pour le plaisir de vous voir rire! 🙂

Depuis quelques jours, aux nouvelles, le télé-journal annonçait des fumées noires s’échappant des réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire endommagée au Japon. Mais, ce matin, ils annonçaient avec soulagement que la fumée était maintenant… blanche!

Alors, dans un grand éclat de rire, je me suis exclamée: “YEAAAAHHHHH! On a un nouveau pape!!!”

Bon… c’est tout…. j’espère que vous avez tous un beau sourire sur vos lèvres maintenant 😀

Bonne journée ou.. bonne nuit!

Black Smoke / White smoke

Well, I had a funy thought this morning and I would like to share it with you…. just to have the pleasure to make you laugh!

This morning, I was listening to CNN… after days of reporting black smoke coming out of the damaged japanese reactors they were happy to claim that everything would be fine as the smoke was now…. white.

I just burst of laugh and exclaimed… YEAH! We have a new pope!!!!!!!!

Hope that now you have a beautiful smile…

Have a beautiful evening or day…..

Irradiation from Japan?

Well! Fear of irradiation from Japan adding just few RADs more to our day to day living, isn’t it? What do you prefer? Some traces of iodine in your spinach or a toxic bouillon of dreadful chemicals spewting from your industries every days of the year?

Come on people… just look into your own country and stop being mesmerized by your medias….

People are sickened and are dying from high level of toxins in your own country and nobody talk about it….  Why doctors and hospitals refuse to acknowledge these thousands upon thousands of sick americans who are trying to clean BP’s mess?

Or should we talk about the town of Hinkley, California where residents’ drinking water had been — and still is — poisonned by chromium toxic plumes from a near by industry for many, many years now (remember “Erin Brockovich?)… with people sickened and dying there too… Is something has been done about this?

Just two exemples in the midst of many thousands of terrible things happening in your own country, things you people don’t know about or don’t want to know about.

Read these few lines:

“This young woman, Jennifer Rexford, BP-hired oil cleanup worker, is documenting her illness from the toxins in the gulf with her video camera. If you think it’s just headaches or something like that, watch this. Severe neurological damage. Doctors and hospitals refuse to acknowledge this with anyone there who’s sick. And there are apparently tens of thousands now.
Paul Doomm is mentioned twice in this video. He is a 22 year old who swam in and ate from the Gulf all summer, against his grandmother’s advice. He has been hospitalized after seeing 94 doctors who don’t know what to do for him. His blood had the highest amount of PAH’s ever documented.”

If you want to see an excerpt of her video:

http://www.debatepolitics.com/environment-and-climate-issues/95066-bp-cleanup-workers-dying-w-video.html

What can be done? Who can do something? Are those multiple billions of dollars spent on “wars” somewhere else would not be more useful for cleaning your own land and help your sickened people to recover?

Liberté????

Bon! Quand on fait un casse-tête sans la boîte et que toutes les pièces sont éparpillées sur la table, on ne voit pas encore l’image… mais quand on commence à assembler les morceaux et que l’image se forme petit à petit, cela peut parfois devenir effrayant.

Certaines personnes me disent que ce n’est pas si pire que cela parait mais… je n’en suis pas si certaine… et je crois que l’on devrait tous se réveiller avant de retourner à l’époque du Moyen-Âge où les serfs étaient les esclaves des lords et avaient leurs langues coupées au moindre murmure de dis-satisfaction.

Qu’est-ce qui se passe aux États-Unis présentement? Supposé être la “Terre des Hommes Libres”, n’est-ce pas? Et protégés par une Constitution à toute épreuve qui protège la liberté d’expression sous toutes ses formes, entre autre… n’est-ce pas? Mais, en quelques jours, le gouvernement américain a soumis ou instauré des lois qui briment cette Constitution et qui, par le fait même, mets la liberté d’expression du monde entier en danger.

La première loi qui est présentée au Sénat est que plus personne n’aura le droit de critiquer ce que fait le gouvernement américain sous peine d’être arrêté et enfermé dans les camps de FEMA (nom poli pour un camps de concentration)… et cette loi ne se limite pas qu’au peuple américain. Donc, que vous soyez canadien, européen, asiatique ou africain, cela n’a pas d’importance… ils veulent votre tête! Donc, y aura-t-il agréments entre les américains et nos gouvernements lavettes pour permettre aux CIA de venir dans nos pays et arrêter/kidnapper/expatrier ceux qui osent parler et contester?

Si vous voulez avoir une petite idée de ce qui se passe, vous pouvez aller voir ce vidéo. Il est en anglais, par contre, mais… intéressant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEofy7fsIGk

Puis, ce matin… cet article est dans ma boite courriels:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_wisconsin_budget_unions

Une loi vient d’être passée au Wisconsin qui aboli le pouvoir des syndicats de travail et qui brime les travailleurs. Une loi qui retourne les américains bien des années en arrière, au temps de la Révolution Industrielle et des années 20 et qui efface toutes ces années de batailles pour obtenir justice, liberté et respects. Ceux qui se sont battus pour ce doivent pleurer ce matin ou se retourner dans leurs tombes. Comment un gouvernement qui se soucie du bien-être de sa population peut-il permettre une telle loi? Comment peut-il même penser à instaurer une telle loi? Oh! C’est juste au Wisconsin, n’est-ce pas? Mais je crois que cela va se répandre — comme un feu d’herbe sèches en pleine canicule — à tous les États sous peu et que cette loi infâme va être adoptée.

Bon! Et maintenant le fameux Codex. Plus de vitamines ou suppléments. Tout va être gérer par les pharmas sous le joug du gouvernement. Donc — par exemple — si, pour être en santé vous devez prendre 5,000ui de vitamine D3 et que le gouvernement décide que 400ui d’une autre variété moins efficace de D est suffisant… bien… plus personne n’aura rien à redire… à moins que vous n’ayez les moyen d’acheter ce qu’il vous faut au marché noir. Il faudra se cacher pour acheter nos vitamines de la même façon que les gens se cachent maintenant pour acheter de la drogue. N’est-ce pas un brin ridicule?

Oh! Et une question…. quelqu’un peut me dire pourquoi il est si difficile de trouver du thym comme herbe aromatique en magasin depuis quelque temps?

Et celle-là qui a été suggérée par un illuminé du gouvernement américain: Avoir un jardin potager serait déclaré hors-la-loi de même que d’avoir des herbes aromatiques dans vos boîtes à fleurs… sous peine d’emprisonnement… et entre-temps, il serait hors-la-loi d’employer des semences du patrimoine… seules les semences GMO seraient acceptées, celles de Monsanto bien évidemment… celles qui rendent malade et altèrent notre ADN.

Plus on mets les pièces du casse-tête en place et plus on voit ce qui se passe… pas juste un évènement à la fois… mais la grande image… et c’est pas très joli à voir! Nous sommes supposés évoluer pas dévoluer, n’est-ce pas?

Il serait temps que l’on se réveille et que tout cela cesse avant que l’on retourne à l’âge du Cro-Magnon. Notre liberté est le bien le plus précieux que l’on a en tant qu’être humain et nous devons le faire respecter. Liberté de Parole, Liberté de Choix, Liberté de Vivre, le tout dans le Respect… Nous sommes des Êtres intelligents et avons la capacité de choisir ce qui est bien pour nous et avons le droit de vivre dans un monde en paix. C’est important pour nous, nos enfants et pour nos petits-enfants … et tous ceux qui vont suivre. Il nous faut faire quelque chose avant qu’il ne soit trop tard!

Freedom???

Just wonder what is happening in United States these days? Wasn’t it supposed to be the “Land of the Free”? And with a Constitution that preserved the Freedom of Speech and all the goodies?

In 2 days, the whole world is now threaten to be sent to those FEMA camps (polite word for concentration camps) if they dare say something against US government stupidities or question their integrity. It is not a law, yet.. but… You think that, because you are in Canada or in Europe you’ll be safe? Not if I believe what I read… meaning… is our respective governments will continue to slavishly eat in the States hands and give them permission to come in our country to arrest the ones who speak the truth and question wrongdoings? Go see this video to have a glimpse of what it is about:

Then, this morning, this other news: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_wisconsin_budget_unions

A law that is erasing years and years of fighting for justice and put back people in the ’20s and before the industrial revolution. Many of american people’s who fought and win this important step might just cry if they are still alive or bounce in their graves. How can a government who is caring for his people can allow this to happen or just think about implementing such law? Oh! It is just in Wisconsin, you’ll say! But I bet that this will just run like grass fire and soon, all the States will adopt this infamy.

And then… the famous Codex. No more vitamins and supplements and you will have to take what the government say. So, if — for example —  to be well and healthy you need 5,000iu of vitamine D3 but the government say… you will have only 400iu of a different and inneficient D form… so be it. Good? I don’t think so!

Oh! And this other one where they want to forbid people to have a vegetable garden and to forbid to grow thyme and other herbs (which can heal infections and flues and else) and force people — in the mean time — to buy only the Monsanto’s GMO seeds which is damaging our DNA.

Geee! When you put everything together, it is frightening. We are suposed to evolve, isn’t it? It is looking more like de-volution to me the way it is going,  back to Middle-Age where you had to obey the lords like slaves and had your tongue cut if you dared murmur a word.

Awake people before going back to the Cro-Magnon era! Ya right! I exagerated a bit with the Cro-Magnon stuff… uuhhhhh… did I?