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Bayit Echad Movement Encourages Jews to Abandon Their Homes

Bayit Echad has been distributing letters to Jewish families in Judea and Samaria inviting them to call about a potential advance on compensation.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 9/11/2007, 5:15 PM

A relatively new movement called Bayit Echad (One House) has been drumming up support for legislation that would indirectly support a Jewish exodus from Judea and Samaria.  The legislation would guarantee that Jews from these areas would receive compensation for
The letter describes the dangerous security situation Jews in Judea and Samaria will likely face.
their property should they agree to leave their homes and move within the confines of the separation fence.

In recent days, Bayit Echad has been distributing letters to Jewish families in Judea and Samaria, inviting them to call for information about a potential advance on state compensation for their homes.

The letter describes the dangerous security situation Jews in Judea and Samaria will likely face as the separation barrier is completed. "Without a system of compensation," the letter says, "families will have difficulty preserving their security and their children's future. Without fair recompense, the residents will be unable to sell their homes and will be unable to finance the move to a new residence." Bayit Echad sees it as "our obligation to prevent" hundreds of families from being "trapped as hostages in hostile territory." Instead, the group proposes that Jews in Judea and Samaria receive immediately, even before any withdrawal is formally announced, "fair compensation permitting calm and organized absorption and the turning of a new page."

To achieve its goal, Bayit Echad is working towards new legislation "that will assure fair compensation for whoever will evacuate his home."

In its letter, Bayit Echad presents itself as a non-political organization, made up of right- and left-wing citizens, concerned only for the safety of the Jews of Judea and Samaria. However, the movement was founded by veteran far-left Meretz party politician Avshalom Vilan, Labor party Knesset Member Colette Avital, and Alon Pinkas, a former diplomat and advisor to Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.

The Deputy Regional Council head for the Binyamin region, Avi Roeh, said that the fact that the Bayit Echad letter does not identify the left-wingers behind the initiative is sufficient justification to prevent its distribution. Roeh asked the Binyamin Council's legal advisor to consider the options for banning the letter from Jewish homes in Judea and
The Bayit Echad letter does not identify the left-wingers behind the initiative.
Samaria. The letter is an attempt to disrupt the public peace and to spread demoralization, according to Roeh.

"I have no doubt," Roeh said, "that the residents of the Binyamin region will not fall for this transparent trap of the extreme left, and that they will find the nearest garbage can to dispose of this letter."

Bayit Echad explains on its website that the proposed compensation legislation does not call for the evacuation of Jews from Judea and Samaria; rather, it calls for "a future insurance policy" for residents of areas that may be evacuated in future Israeli withdrawals.