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January 17, 2017 / 19 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Amona’

Court Approves 45-Day Delay of Amona Evacuation

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The High Court of Justice has approved a request by the State to delay by 45 days the evacuation of the Jewish community of Amona.

The homes of 40 families – some 300 Jews – are built on a section of the town which the Court has ruled is privately owned by a citizen of the Palestinian Authority.

The approval came Thursday after Amona residents declared in a written document that they would evacuate the site peacefully, without conditions, without conflict or resistance, on the new evacuation date, which is to be February 8.

By that time, it is expected that the homes of 24 of the 40 families in Amona will have been moved by the state to a new plot of land within the community’s municipal boundaries – Lot 38 – which will by then have been officially declared state land and zoned for residential use. The land is currently held under the law of Absentee Landowners’ / Abandoned Property.

The other 16 families will have moved to temporary dwellings in the nearby town of Ofra, northeast of Ramallah.

Hana Levi Julian

This Just In: Amona Capitulates Before the Court

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

UPDATE: Amona residents filed a new commitment to the High Court, beating the deadline clock by one hour: “Will leave unconditionally” come February 8, which is the date of the extension the Netanyahu government has asked the court for.


A panel of three Supreme Court justices on Thursday morning rejected a statement from the residents of Amona, a Jewish community in Samaria which is slated for eviction and demolition Dec. 25, that, should the court grant them a 45 day extension, they would leave peacefully.

The court noted that the Jews of Amona did not offer an unconditional acceptance of the court’s demand for a guarantee of peaceful eviction, but instead conditioned it on the state’s living up to its promise to provide the residents with proper lodging in a nearby area.

In what has become a war of wills between the court and 40 Jewish families, including 200 children, the three justices, Miriam Naor, Esther Hayut, and Hanan Meltzer, informed the Amona community that they are giving them ex gratia another chance to offer their unconditional statement using the prescribed language.

The community has until 5 PM Thursday to capitulate to this blackmail note from the three justices.

David Israel

Outraged Amona Residents Reject Supreme Court Demand for Pledge of Eviction

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Amona residents on Thursday decided to reject a demand from the Supreme Court that they each sign a personal pledge to leave their homes peacefully in 45 days, regardless of whether or not the state had been able to create for them proper alternative housing nearby. The court expected those personal signatures by 10 AM Thursday local time.

The court responded to an appeal by the State Attorney, on behalf of the Netanyahu government and the AG, to extend the deadline for the demolition of Amona by 45 days. “In order to remove all doubt, all the respondents who are residents of Amona are requested to declare sincerely that they are unanimously committed to leave peacefully without altercation or resistance on the date the court would decide,” the justices demanded.

Insisting they must have the Amona residents’ signatures by Thursday morning, the justices also noted that their move does not necessarily mean they would ultimately grant the extension.

The residents, incensed over the court’s demand for individual commitments in writing, which would obviously open each adult member of the community to personal prosecution, based on the judgment of law enforcement personnel over just how well they complied with their promise to the highest legal authority in the land, told the court it should accept instead a group letter from the residents, stating their endorsement of an agreement they had signed with the state.

Several Amona residents accused the court of blackmailing them, since a refusal to comply with the court’s demand could leave them and their children homeless. One resident told Walla the court’s demand constituted a “grave harm to our right to dignity and to elementary living conditions. This to remedy a “miniscule damage, if at all, caused to the rights of claimants who have never worked the relevant plots and are mostly absentee landlords who in reality are not even present in the area.”

David Israel

The Walter Bingham File – The Spying Game and Extremists Inciting Our Youth Is Wrong [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The Americans and the Germans both reiterate that we are their closest allies. Yet Israel is the target of secret surveillance by their intelligence organisations. Can they be trusted?

And: The extraordinary situation how ”Peace Now’, the dirty tail of the Jewish people can wag the mighty dog of The State of Israel, to the extent that the village of Amona may have to move or be destroyed.

Hear: From the large demonstration for Amona with The fiery Daniella Weiss

Also: How the once upon a time Centre-Right Jerusalem Post calls for the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on Judaism to end and implies it’s outdated.

Plus: A beautiful story of family re-unification.

The Walter Bingham File 18Dec2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Israel Inspired: The Struggle for Amona – A Biblical Perspective [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The eve before the massive demonstration in Jerusalem, Rabbi’s Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel delve into the inner workings of the Amona deal. They expose the spiritual battle as well as the moral obligation to resist the destruction of the Jewish community of Amona.

The Land of Israel

State Asking Supreme Court Once More to Postpone Amona Evictions

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The state on Tuesday petitioned the Supreme Court again to postpone by 45 days the evacuation of the Amona community in Samaria, until February 8, 2017, Walla reported. The purpose of the new request, submitted following the approval vote by the Amona residents for a new eviction outline, is to allow for carrying out the court-ordered eviction in an orderly fashion. The court gave the plaintiffs, represented by abti-Zionist NGO Yesh Did, one day to respond.

The appeal to the Supreme Court was done upon a request from Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman, with the consent of AG Madelblit and State Attorney Nitzan. The petition states that given the complexity, sensitivity and explosiveness than normally accompany the expulsion of a community the size of Amona, with its 40 families and about 200 children, the state has invested efforts in finding a solution that would enable the removal of the residents using peaceful means, keeping to a minimum the harm to the families.

The postponement is required to complete the location of temporary lodging solutions for the Amona residents, as well as to the examination of the legal status of lot 38, which the state had originally considered to be abandoned land and now an Arab resident of Silwad has come up with a claim on 90% of the site.

The state declared that this is its final request for a postponement, and that it is determined not to ask for yet another delay, even should it become apparent that the new outline cannot be applied come February 8.

Yesh Din issued a vehement response to the postponement request, which probably sounds better in Arabic: “The state’s request to delay the evacuation of Amona is based on a corrupt deal between the government of Israel and lawbreakers, which constitutes a surrender to the blackmailing by a those who have been obliged by a court order to vacate the land they had invaded.”

David Israel

Amona Residents Approve Government Deal

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

The residents of Amona have approved a deal worked out after an all-night session with a government negotiator, with 45 voting to approve the arrangement, 25 opposed and two abstentions.

According to the terms of the deal, 24 caravans will immediately be placed at the new location within the selected spot with the municipal boundaries of the existing hilltop community of Amona, instead of the 12 caravans originally suggested in the previous proposal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an active participant in the process, meeting throughout the night with representatives in order to reach the agreement.

Of the 42 Amona families involved in the process, 24 are to be relocated.

The absentee land being allocated for use by the residents is to be converted to state land using the Absentee Landlord Property Law, under the proposed arrangement.

Attorneys for the state are preparing a request to the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension as the government begins the process of re-zoning the land.

The government is to immediately begin the process of rezoning the land, while work commences on Lot 38.

The absentee land being allocated for use by the residents is to be converted to state land using the Absentee Landlord Property Law, under the proposed arrangement.

Numerous politicians and supporters of the settlement movement were quick to welcome the vote.

Ofir Sofer, secretary-general of the National Union faction of the Jewish Home party said, “We congratulate and support the residents of Amona, who will remain on this hilltop and will continue their pioneering spirit that is ensuring the future of the entire settlement movement. In their merit, the entire settlement enterprise, including thousands of homes around Judea and Samaria, will continue to flourish. Their strong stance in recent months to ensure that no Jewish community in Judea and Samaria will be demolished deserves our strongest praise.

“We congratulate you that even at this difficult moment, you made a courageous, difficult decision from healthy considerations for the people of Israel and the Land of Israel.”

MK Bezalel Smotrich added, “The people of Amona are people of hope. Over the past few Amona residents insisted on hanging on to hope that the entire settlement enterprise would be legalized and that they would be able to remain on this hill. Their just demand infected the entire government and led to the passing of the [first stages of] the Legalization Law… created a new reality on the ground.”

The leftist Hebrew-language Haaretz website reported Sunday (Dec. 18) that the government is also preparing to approve a NIS 130 million ($33.8 million) budget for evacuation of Amona, including the demolition of nine homes that are built on the portion of the community that has been defined as “privately-owned land.”

Hundreds of activists and supporters are beginning to leave Amona.

Tazpit Press Service (TPS) contributed content to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

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