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The morning began with thousands turning out for the last Shachris in the Netiv HaAvot neighborhood of Yishuv Elazar in Gush Etzion. Fifteen homes are being destroyed and the families evicted, once again as a result of a decision by Israel’s High Court of Justice.
An estimated 6,000 people were on hand, including Ministers Naftali Bennet and Ayelet Shaked as well as Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan and MK Shuli Muallem for a last shachris on the site. Also present were a number of prominent rabbonim including HaGaon HaRav Chaim Druckman Shlita, and of course, local and regional leaders. 2500 Police officers were dispatched to maintain order.
Gush Etzion Regional Council head Yochai Damari said, “Last night I was also there at the protest rally on the destruction of the houses that are expected to take place there today. You cannot remain silent in the face of the injustice that cries out to heaven!
“The destruction is unnecessary and painful and annoying after it was possible to reach the arrangement of the few meters in which there was ostensible deviation from state land [and what is claimed to be Arab land] and thus prevent the destruction of the homes of the families.
“There is no claim on the land and even after the destruction there will be a series that will allow for the reconstruction of the same place exactly where the houses will be demolished today.
“It is impossible to ignore the trigger finger and the demolition policy that the judicial system has in Yehuda and Shomron, as it was only recently in Amona.
“Those who make it easier to build a systematic and blatant illegal construction in the Har Hebron area, not in a few meters, but in kilometers, cannot be cleansed of the harsh discrimination of one law for Jews and another for Arabs. On this day, our hearts with the pioneers of settlement in the Netiv HaAvot will represent the residents of Har Hebron in the warm embrace of our neighbors in Gush Etzion during their difficult time, difficult and difficult for the Zionist enterprise.
“The evacuation of the 15 houses in Netiv HaAvot began in accordance with a court decision. At this time, the security forces began evacuating the 15 houses in the Netiv HaAvot neighborhood of Elazar, in accordance with the court order.
At the same time, dialogue continues with the settlers and the local leadership, in order to prevent unnecessary friction and confrontation with the security forces and to enable the proper execution of the mission.
“The police expect settler families who are law-abiding citizens to continue to show responsibility and act to restrain non-local elements and not to allow violence against police officers and innocents in any way. The police call on the leadership to continue to show responsibility and high involvement in order to carry out the court order in a timely manner.”
In the video we hear the song from Tehillim which has become synonymous with eviction of Jews, as this was the pained song chanted during the eviction from Gush Katif.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem/ Photo Credit: Media Resource Group)