Jerusalem, January 27, 2004

DM Mofaz appoints Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Baruch Spiegel to head team dealing with civilian and humanitarian issues vis-a-vis security fence
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Defense Minster Shaul Mofaz will today (Tuesday), January 27, 2004 appoint Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Baruch Spiegel to head a team dealing with civilian and humanitarian issues in the security fence area.

Defense Minister Mofaz decided to establish an integrated staff to resolve the civilian and humanitarian problems that may arise in the security fence area and to propose localized and systematic solutions.

The establishment of this team is part of the Minister’s overall policy of separating the general Palestinian population from the terror operatives in their midst. In the framework of this policy, the Minister held a meeting with heads of international organizations two weeks ago to address issues in the territories. At this meeting, a cooperative structure between the Ministry of Defense and the international organizations was agreed upon – with the objective of assisting the Palestinian population as much as possible.

Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Spiegel will head the team whose members will include representatives of the IDF, the Ministry of Defense, and the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, among others.

Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Spiegel has vast previous experience dealing with matters pertaining to both security and humanitarian issues. His past positions include Deputy Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and author of the civilian investigation of Operation Defensive Shield. He is also heading a special team overseeing the gates in the security fence, as well as the checkpoints in Judea and Samaria.    
 DM Mofaz appoints Brig-Gen -Res- Baruch Spiegel to head team dealing with civilian and humanitarian issues vis-a-vis security fence-27-Jan-2004
 DM Mofaz appoints Brig-Gen -Res- Baruch Spiegel to head team dealing with civilian and humanitarian issues vis-a-vis security fence-27-Jan-2004
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 DM Mofaz appoints Brig-Gen -Res- Baruch Spiegel to head team dealing with civilian and humanitarian issues vis-a-vis security fence-27-Jan-2004
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