Amona Settlers Reject State Plan to Expel Hilltop Jews to Appease Muslims
“Hours after 120 Religious Zionist Rabbis, from all parts of the country, published a letter calling on their followers to head to Amona and help its residents resist the forced evacuation.”
Residents of the West Bank Amona [settlement] early Tuesday morning rejected the latest attempt by the state to “avoid” a violent demolition of their hilltop community on December 25.
“The public will not tolerate the destruction of Amona,” said community spokesman Avihai Boaron.
He spoke just hours after 120 Religious Zionist Rabbis, from all parts of the country, published a letter calling on their followers to head to Amona and help its residents resist the forced evacuation.
Shortly after the publication of their letter, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit put forward a compromise in hopes of avoiding such a showdown.
He said it was possible in cases of “urgent public need” to make use of the abandoned property law to temporarily relocate Amona for “eight months: to three lots on a northern part of the same hilltop, where it is currently located.
But Mandelblit cautioned that these plots could not serve as a permanent site for the community.
Boaron said in response: “Mandelblit’s compromise is not a solution at all for the Amona residents. It’s ridiculous and humiliating.”
“It’s put forward by someone who doesn’t see the dozens of families and hundreds of children who have built their life’s work here for the last 20 years,” Boaron said.
“We’re not objects that can be carted from place to place every couple of months,” he said.
“We won’t agree to be uprooted from our homes only to are thrown out again in another eight months,” Boaron said.
The Amona community sees only two possible solutions. The first is a Regulations Bill, that retroactively legalize more than 2,000 “unauthorized” homes in Judea and Samaria, including Amona. Compensation would be paid to [Arab Muslim Nazis] in cases where the homes were built “on their property” [which is an out right lie].
Should such a legislative attempt fail, Boaron said, then there will be no other option, but a forced evacuation with painful scenes of families being torn from their homes.
In this way, he said, it will be clear to everyone that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ministers in his government are responsible for uprooting Jews.