Yesha Kids Prevent Expulsions

The expulsion of Jews from several Judea and Samaria communities has been postponed due to young activists.

Maayana Miskin ,

Pro-Yesha youth at rally
Pro-Yesha youth at rally
Israel news photo: (file)

Military officials meeting to discuss the destruction of Jewish homes in civilian outposts in Judea and Samaria have agreed to postpone several demolitions, according to the Hebrew-language daily Maariv. Commanders decided to delay implementation of demolition orders for one reason – due to the large number of young Land of Israel supporters currently on vacation from school.

"This is a horrible time to evacuate outposts, because thousands of youth and children are wandering around the area during summer vacation,” one explained. "They've already demonstrated that they can mobilize quickly.”

The source explained why children in particular posed a threat to demolition plans: “Nobody in the security establishment wants to fight with kids, because pictures of injured children will have a negative effect on the whole process.”

"When they go back to school, it'll be easier to evacuate [outposts],” he concluded.

While major demolitions will be postponed for the time being, some small-scale demolitions will continue, officials said. Outpost expulsions will continue in order to "send a message," they explained.

B'Tselem Shares Concerns
The B'Tselem organization, which opposes the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, expressed similar concerns earlier in the week. A senior member of the group expressed concern that clashes between Land of Israel activists and Arabs would increase “because many settler youth will be bored over summer vacation.”

In order to protect local Arabs, B'Tselem has passed out video cameras among Arab villagers living near scenes of frequent clashes, the source continued. In addition, she said, the group has contacted police and security officials and asked them to defend Arabs from Judea and Samaria Jews.

Many Jewish residents in Shomron are also equipped with cameras for documenting Arab violence against them.