Land of Israel Legal Forum Expands Scope of Activities

The Land of Israel Legal Forum has launched new initiatives to prevent the stealing of Jewish-owned land as well as media incitement against the Jews of Judea and Samaria.

Ezra HaLevi, | updated: 13:59

Chairman Nachi Eyal said at a news conference Thursday that the Forum has invested much effort in defending the right of the Jews expelled from Gaza and northern Samaria, as well as in trying to spread awareness of their plight. He added, however, that the Forum understands that there is a need to widen the scope of its operation on behalf of the struggle for the Land of Israel.
Atty. Nachi Ayal, chairman of the Land of Israel Legal Forum.

Eyal explained that two additional areas would now be dealt with by the Forum as well: 1) Preventing the stealing of Jewish land through illegal Arab building and the route of the Partition Wall, and 2) Prevention of incitement against the public that resides in Judea and Samaria.

"The Forum has taken upon itself to assist the groups monitoring such illegal building and will offer legal assistance," Eyal said. "We want to also assist other bodies on the right, such as Israel Media Watch, to petition against broadcasters and those who use and exploit the microphone for their own aims. Libel and incitement suits will be filed when called for."

The Forum began surveying illegal Arab building over a month ago and has already begun legal action against hundreds of houses built against the law. An organized tour of illegal building in the Negev has been organized, but the group stressed that its activities in that realm will not be limited to the Bedouin construction in the Negev, and will encompass Arab land-grabbing throughout the country.
Atty. Yitzchak Meron, one of the Forum's founders.
Atty. Yossi Fuchs, one of the Forum's founders.

The news conference also dealt with the violent events at Amona in February, screening a video summary of testimony and video footage, as well as expert testimony. The Forum sees its actions as having an impact on the nature of future confrontations as well, attaching great significance to the gathering of testimony, videos and photographs of such events.
The screening of the Amona footage at the Forum's press conference.

The demolition of the stone buildings in Amona, they explained, was supposed to be a quiet demonstration and legitimate protest. Photos showed protestor after protestor with head wounds and a long convoy of ambulances. Overall, they report, 386 wounded were treated at hospitals, 219 of them transported via Magen David Adom ambulances. During the course of the video, the attorneys demonstrated how security forces acted contrary to procedures they obligated to follow, showing that commanders on site declined to take control or attempt to calm the atmosphere.

"The Forum is working not only with regard to the past, but also with regard to future political programs," Avi Har-Zahav, one of the Forum's attorneys, said. "If the police had known that there would be more [legal] backing for the protestors, they would not have been able to act like they did in Amona. Nowhere does a government allot over 7,000 policemen to the destruction of illegal buildings; there was a guiding hand in this case."

Har-Zahav also sees great importance in filing legal suits against the commanders and officers who acted illegally.
(Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist)