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The community of Amona

The Honenu civil rights organization reports that seven Jewish youths, including several who live in the town of Amona, were arrested early Monday evening in an area outside the community but close to the town.

The youths were detained on suspicion of disturbing IDF military operations while soldiers were clearing a pathway at the site as part of their preparations for the eventual evacuation of the town.

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Honenu attorney Nati Rom is reportedly on his way to the police precinct to provide legal assistance to the youths.

The town is slated for demolition under a Supreme Court order on February 8.

Families who were to move to another section of the hilltop under a government plan that was approved last month have now been told they will not be able to because Palestinian Authority Arabs have suddenly made an appearance and claimed ownership of land there as well, as they did in the section of town that is slated for demolition as a result.

It’s not clear when, where or how the homes of the residents will be replaced, nor where they’re expected to move in the meantime — but regardless, they’re expected to be gone by February 8, no matter what.

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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.