Demolition of 15 Jewish homes underway in Netiv Ha’avot

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By JNS.. Israeli security forces began destroying the homes of 15 Jewish families in the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood of Elazar in the Gush Etzion region of Judea on Tuesday (June 12, 2018), expelling residents who were joined by as many as 3,500 supporters from around Israel who arrived to protest the action. Some 2,500 Israeli police officers were stationed in the suburban residential community just 11 miles southwest of Jerusalem to carry out the court-ordered eviction and demolition of homes the Supreme Court found were partially built on Palestinian land. [Photo top right: Israeli authorities evacuate people from a home in Netiv Ha’avot on June 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90]. 

The homes were covered with Israeli flags and banners calling the Supreme Court ruling “absurd.”

Gush Etzion Municipal Head Shlomo Ne’eman told JNS that “there is no justice or meaning in this destruction. It doesn’t represent the values of the State of Israel.”

At a rally prior to the demolitions on Monday, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told residents and community supporters, “Tomorrow [Tuesday] there will be a completely unnecessary eviction. It is the product of a terrible mistake. It started with the erroneous answer provided by the state several years ago and its culmination is the High Court’s wrong answer now. From these ruins, we will rise and build.”

Tzipi Hotovely in the Knesset, July 7, 2014 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotevely tweeted Tuesday (June 12, 2018), “The destruction of the homes at Netiv Ha’avot is a dark stain on the Israeli justice system. No justice has been done here, only injustice. The Israeli government will build a large neighborhood to replace the homes the High Court is demolishing, but the disgrace and pain will remain.” Read the full story.



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