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IDF Troops Ignore Supreme Court, Demolish Jewish Homes in Gush Etzion

Two more Jewish communities, both in Samaria, are slated for the government wrecking crews this week.
Border Police and IDF forces prepare to destroy homes and a kindergarten at Ma'aleh Rehavam in Gush Etzion.

Border Police and IDF forces prepare to destroy homes and a kindergarten at Ma'aleh Rehavam in Gush Etzion.
Photo Credit: Tazpit news agency

IDF commanders dispatched with legal niceties Wednesday and ordered the demolition of seven homes and a kindergarten in the Jewish community of Ma’aleh Rehava’am without waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on the matter.

An IDF legal adviser to the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria informed Etzion Brigade Colonel Amit Yamin at midday he need not wait to confirm a Supreme Court restraining order against the demolitions in Gush Etzion.  Once Yamin gave the order, security forces moved fast and finished the demolitions before the Court had issued a restraining order.

Copy of Supreme Court restraining order against demolitions at Ma'aleh Rehavam in Gush Etzion. It says: "Do not carry out any actions that create irreversible consequences ."

Copy of Supreme Court restraining order against demolitions at Ma’aleh Rehavam in Gush Etzion. It says: “Do not carry out any actions that create irreversible consequences .”

An officer receives a call while waiting on site at Ma'aleh Rehavam prior to destroying homes and a kindergarten on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

An officer receives a call while waiting on site at Ma’aleh Rehavam prior to destroying homes and a kindergarten on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Early Wednesday, David Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Residents’ Council said that the Court had ordered a stay against the demolitions early in the morning after residents had submitted evidence of having purchased the land on which their homes were built. Those documents formed the basis for the appeal that is currently pending.

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court denied the claim, however, when asked for clarification by the IDF.

As a result, the IDF commander was told by legal counsel not to wait for confirmation. Rather, he was told to simply go ahead and destroy seven private homes and a kindergarten at Ma’ale Rehavam, according to a reporter from the Tazpit news agency on site. The AFP news agency reported that an additional three uninhabited structures were also destroyed.

The IDF officer proceeded to order his troops to demolish the buildings, leaving seven families with children homeless. Hundreds of security forces are on site at the community, where 34 families have built their homes.

“The demolition of homes is an expression of weakness and frailty of our hold in Israel,” Perl said in a statement following the destruction. “But we are not deterred and will not be silent We will continue to build and expand Gush Etzion roots everywhere. We came to this country to build and be built. The time has come to announce to the world our sovereignty over this land.”

Two more Jewish communities, both in Samaria, are slated for similar actions by the government wrecking crews this week: Ramat Gilad near Shechem (Nablus) and in Givat Asaf in the Binyamin region.

Similar demolition orders are rarely issued, let alone carried out against the thousands of illegally-constructed Bedouin and Arab structures dotting the Israeli landscape within the 1949 Armistice lines (known as the “pre-1967 lines.) They are never carried out against the hundreds of thousands carpeting the hillsides in the territory of Area C.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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20 Responses to “IDF Troops Ignore Supreme Court, Demolish Jewish Homes in Gush Etzion”

  1. Just observing tho could someone add me up please

  2. So heartbreaking, unjust and stupid!

  3. What’s to complain about? Bibi’s only showing ‘glad tidings and good will’ to the new PA/Hamas Unity gov.

  4. oh no. future et’ have to find place again…, hope find soon.

  5. When will Israel poses the land as G-d said to Joshua?

  6. Will civil war lead to the end?

  7. Walter Richards says:

    Gush Etzion. the scene of the Arab massacre of Jews in May 1948
    But now Jews ate committing a massacre on other Jews

    A corrected post

  8. if i were them id blow up all the homes that isreal had built and bbeing occupied by palistiniann scum

  9. Jews have the rite to live anywhere they choose, especially in Israel.

  10. Jews have the rite to live anywhere they choose, especially in Israel.

  11. Jews have the rite to live anywhere they choose, especially in Israel.

  12. Benjamin Fox says:

    Israel, stop destroying your own, the land belongs to the Jews and never give it up for anything.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is an abomination.

  14. it's frustrating and hopeless to the point of madness.

  15. But generally, it's sufficient to study the Prophets to see how our forefathers have destroyed the Commonwealth two times. After that one must sigh and say:"What's new?"

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