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December 5, 2016 / 5 Kislev, 5777

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PM Netanyahu Seeking 30-Day Amona Expulsion Delay

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the state will ask the High Court of Justice to delay the expulsion of Amona residents from their homes by 30 days.

The request will be based on the need to build new homes for the expelled residents, so the Amona evacuation does not end up becoming a repeat of the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

The prime minister said in his opening remarks to the cabinet Sunday morning, “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.”

Netanyahu met with a forum of coalition party leaders on Sunday afternoon to discuss the issue.

At that meeting, it was also decided to postpone the first Knesset plenum reading of the Regulation Bill. The measure would retroactively legalized communities built on privately-owned land, reimbursing the owners in the process.

The proposed law faces a number of problems, among them legal issues in the international forum that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has said he cannot counter. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has also stated his refusal to support the bill in its current form.

The Bayit Yehudi party led by Naftali Bennett is warning, however, that it will leave the coalition if the issue of Amona is not resolved before the bill is passed. Both issues must be addressed, Bennett has said, for the party to remain in the government.

Hana Levi Julian

State Asks for 7-Month Delay in Destruction of Amona

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The state has asked the High Court of Justice to delay the destruction of the Jewish community of Amona by seven months.

At present, the community is set to be demolished by the end of this year. A ministerial committee for legislation was set to vote this week on a bill that would have officially recognized Amona and other similar communities but the vote was delayed by a week.

A bill dubbed the ‘Arrangement Law,’ was introduced by MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli of the Bayit Yehudi party. It proposes that homes built using government support should not be demolished if the claimants are able to show prior ownership. Instead, the land of the community in question would be confiscated by the state. The claimants would receive fair market value and the burden of proof would be moved to the Palestinian Authority claimants, away from the Jewish residents.

Representatives for the state said in their petition the delay is necessary in order to prepare a solution for the residents who are losing their homes.

One of the alternative placements where the residents may end up is in the Jewish community of Shvut Rachel, according to the court papers. The other site is not far from the community’s current location.

The attorneys for the state underlined in their petition that the state is not seeking the delay in order to keep Amona in its current location. Rather, the state is working on finding a solution that will allow for a “peaceful” evacuation, and to reduce tensions that have already skyrocketed over the issue.

Hana Levi Julian

Ministerial Committee Delays Vote on Bill to Legalize Amona

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

A vote by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation has delayed by a week a decision on a bill to officially recognize the Jewish community of Amona and other similar communities.

The measure was to have prevented the expulsion of residents of Amona from their homes by the end of this year, as ordered by the High Court of Justice. The community, founded in 1995, is comprised of approximately 40 families.

Although the High Court has ordered its destruction on the basis of a lawsuit that contends it is built on “private” Palestinian Authority land, to this day not one “private” citizen of the Palestinian Authority has come forward to document that claim. A group of PA residents allegedly represented by the leftist Israeli Yesh Din NGO filed a petition in 2008, claiming Amona was encroaching on the group’s land and demanding its demolition.

There are still no replacement homes and community for the families, as also happened to more than 8,000 Jewish residents of the Gush Katif region and northern Samaria, who were forced out of their homes in the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has asked lawmakers not to approve such a bill, however, saying it is unconstitutional. Government ministers decided to delay their decision after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and coalition leaders.

The committee was to have voted Sunday on the measure. The law was proposed by Bayit Yehudi MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli, whose party has threatened to leave the coalition if the bill to save Amona is not passed.

Hana Levi Julian

PM Netanyahu Seeks Delay From High Court on Amona Expulsion

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has directed the government to ask the High Court of Justice to postpone or delay its expulsion of the residents of Amona from their homes by six months.

The Jewish community is slated for demolition on December 25th of this year, per a Supreme Court order.

But Netanyahu has asked state government officials to request the delay. Sources in the prime minister’s office say Netanyahu had been planning to ask for the delay in any case, but Education Minister Naftali Bennett exacerbated the situation, threatening Wednesday night to take his party and leave the coalition if the expulsion was not cancelled, or at least postponed.

After a meeting Thursday morning between Netanyahu, Bennett, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — a member of Bennett’s Jewish Home party — and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, it was decided to submit a request to the High Court for a delay of the demolition.

The 40 families who comprise the community of Amona live on a hill in the Binyamin region, on the outskirts of the Jewish community of Ofra.

Ten years ago this past summer, Israeli security forces carried out a court order to demolish nine permanent structures built at the edge of the Amona neighborhood. The footage of the horrific clashes that took place between the protesters and the security forces — some on horseback, nearly all wielding batons — at the site were the most violent between Jews in the history of the state of Israel, and certainly in the history of the settlement enterprise. Hundreds of people were wounded.

More than a generation has passed since the little neighborhood was created, and there is still nowhere for the residents to go if they are evicted. They built their homes in 1995 with a NIS 2.1 million grant from the Ministry of Housing and Construction. It probably never occurred to them that one day, the same government that helped the build would try to expel them without providing a place to go. Echoes of Gush Katif, anyone?

Hana Levi Julian

Jew Expelled From Temple Mount for Holding Tzizit

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Jewish man was expelled from the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning after he was seen holding the strings of his Tzizit, according to Arnon Segel.

Tzizit are ritual fringes worn by religious men.

Israeli police regularly arrest and expel Jews from the Temple Mount if the Islamic Waqf decides that the Jew is in anyway expressing his Jewishness while on the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Netanyahu supports this position by stating he will maintain the so-called “status quo” that doesn’t allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

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Tears From 2 Security Officers, Refusals to Expel Sa-Nur Families

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

More than 200 Israelis — including 20 families from the original town — were forcibly removed from the ruins of the former northern Samaria town of Sa-Nur Wednesday night. But at least two of the security personnel tasked with the assignment broke down in tears and refused to carry it out.

IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers entered the fortress where families and their supporters had barricaded themselves Monday night, 10 years after the residents were expelled.

Sa-Nur was among the four northern Samaria communities destroyed along with all of the towns in the Jewish region of Gush Katif during the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

Ten years after that nightmare, many families are still living in “temporary” housing, their government compensation funding used up by the banks forcing them to continue to pay the mortgages on homes wrested from them.

Earlier this week, the residents of Sa-Nur decided it was time to re-populate their town. They gathered supplies and returned to the ruins with equipment to begin repairs.

On Wednesday night that came to a halt, as Israeli forces declared the area a closed military zone, placed barriers at the entrance and brought buses to take the families away.

By 7 am Thursday, all of those who attempted to re-populate Sa-Nur were removed.

“Relatives who stayed at the scene and even small children were hit and violently dragged to buses and truck buses brought by security forces,” families told journalists. Most were dropped off at the community of Kedumim, also located in Samaria.

At least two Border Guard Police officers refused orders to forcibly remove Jews from the site, and reportedly broke down in tears, according to several media reports.

A spokesperson for the Border Guard Police denied the refusals occurred, however, saying, “It never happened. Despite the difficulty in performing the complex tasks involved, all the soldiers completed their mission.”

Knowing the effect a second “expulsion” has had on both those who carry out the task as well as well as on those who are expelled, the families sent a letter to the prime minister and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday, urging them to refrain from another expulsion.

“IDF soldiers are our beloved brothers, flesh of our flesh. We demand not to repeat the trauma of the expulsion, and not to force IDF soldiers to expel us again from our homes,” they wrote.

“Placing the soldiers against their settler brothers is the addition of sin to a crime. Even if the government wants to expel Jews from their homes and their land, that should be done by police officers, and not by soldiers and Border Patrol soldiers who give the best of their years for the security of Israel.”

The expulsion of Gush Katif and northern Samaria was extremely traumatic, despite the various efforts by authorities to minimize the shock and stress both to residents and to security personnel who were involved.

The fallout from those events has continued to this day, both in the civilian and political sector.

Hana Levi Julian

Tent City Raised to Protest Beit El Building Demolitions

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Residents of Judea and Samaria have set up a tent city to protest the anticipated building demolitions set to take place in the Jewish community of Beit El, and the de facto building freeze they say is being exerted over the entire area.

The issues could threaten an already fragile government coalition.

Early Tuesday morning, Border Guard Police officers evicted protesters from two half-built apartment buildings that once completed were to have 24 housing units. At least 50 arrests were made in the wee hours before dawn, with some protesters being dragged away.

The Draynoff Buildings, as they are called, had already received the necessary permits from the Civil Administration and the Beit El Council, but were facing demolition orders from Israel’s High Court of Justice because their initial construction began without permits.

“Our stance with regard to the Beit El homes is clear,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a statement during the day. “We oppose their demolition and we are working through legal means to prevent this.”

Nevertheless, as the matter stands now, the area around the buildings has been declared a closed military zone until August 2, and Border Guard Police officers have moved into the buildings in order to prevent Beit El residents from doing so and regaining control.

By nightfall Tuesday, residents of Judea and Samaria had set up a tent city near the community in solidarity with the Beit El residents.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was expected to eventually visit the site. Her party chairman and Israel’s Education Minister, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett, who spent time at the site, condemned the court’s decision to demolish the buildings and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s decision to send in the troops.

Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Jerusalem Affairs MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) agreed, pointing out that not long ago Netanyahu had vowed to build 300 new homes in Beit El. “This is the time to build, and not destroy,” he said.

MK Oren Hazen and numerous other Knesset members and politicians met for most of the day with community leaders in Beit El.

“This is exactly the reason we did not join the government,” commented Yisrael Beytenu chairman and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman.

“Already during coalition talks Prime Minister Netanyahu did not agree to our conditions that he commit to building in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. I therefore call upon Minister Bennett and all of Bayit Yehudi to join me and Yisrael Beytenu in the Opposition – so that afterwards we can establish a true nationalist government that engages in building and not in destroying.”

Given the deep and bitter disappointment exhibited Tuesday by Bayit Yehudi party members, colleague MK Moti Yogev warned the prime minister’s slim coalition of 61 could indeed be facing a real crisis over the issue.

Commented party colleague MK Nissan Slomiansky, chairman of the Knesset Constitution and Law committee: “I find the timing of the eviction puzzling, given the fact that the buildings are being authorized.”

And as Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told reporters with ire: “On the day marking a decade since the Disengagement, the defense minister decides to send security forces, under the cover of darkness, to Beit El.

“All of this, despite what he promised me, and despite what I then passed along to the residents of the place.”

Hana Levi Julian

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