Heavy hearts, frustration and anger are some of the feelings that best describe the residents of Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood as the nation’s High Court of Justice on Monday, stated emphatically that the illegal homes must be destroyed by the state no later than July 1, 2012.
One of the residents who may soon be homeless is Didi Dickstein, whose parents and a sibling was murdered by terrorists in 2002. He told Yisrael HaYom “from my perspective, this is an injustice. This neighborhood was built with the encouragement and assistance of the government. We received mortgages and the government simply must act to legalize the situation. What is worse is that a despite court is in the middle of a case addressing the ownership of the land in question, but the High Court did not even wait for that decision. There is a heavy feeling among the residents who fear what will occur”.
On July 26, 2002, St.-Sgt. Elazar Lebovitch, 21, of Hebron; Rabbi Yosef Dickstein, 45, of Psagot, his wife Hannah, 42, and their 9-year-old son Shuv’el Tzion HY”D were killed in a shooting attack in the Southern Hebron Hills district. Two other of their children were injured. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Brigades boasted responsibility for the attack.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu finds himself in a most difficult situation, aware of the rapidly approaching deadline as he seeks ways to circumvent the court’s decision and legalize the homes in question.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)