Daily Israel Report

Ganei Modiin: Two More Houses Destroyed

A family holed up inside a building, temporarily preventing – together with dozens of neighbors – construction-freeze inspectors from razing it.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/6/2010, 1:33 PM / Last Update: 5/6/2010, 1:28 PM

A family holed itself up inside a building, temporarily preventing construction-freeze inspectors from destroying it. Dozens of neighbors gathered outside as well, similarly blocking the destruction. At least one boy was injured, and another one was arrested.

The drama took place late this morning in a neighborhood of Modiin Illit (Kiryat Sefer) known as Ganei Modiin, adjacent to the town of Hashmonaim. Both are populated by religious-Zionist and hareidi-religious Jews.
The two destroyed houses are located in a Jewish town on the pre-1967 side of the anti-terrorism partition wall.

The anti-terrorism partition wall has been built around the towns, rendering them contiguous with pre-1967 Israel - and the  construction freeze is being enforced even there.

The wrecking crew, accompanied by police forces, first succeeded in destroying one of the two structures on their agenda this morning. However, the owner of the second house refused to leave its home, and called on others to join them. After a struggle with special Yassam unit officers, however, the people were removed, and the house destroyed. Both buildings were well on their way to completion when they were cut down. 

"Wickedness with No Atonement"
Earlier this week, pre-fab structures were destroyed in Shavei Shomron, despite the fact that an appeal had been filed against the orders. Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika called the destruction “evil and wickedness that cannot be atoned for.”

Mesika explained that when the 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria was first announced last November, “inspectors came here to the site [in Shavei Shomron] and approved what had been built. Three months later, after the shells had been completed, inspectors came again and ordered a halt to construction – in violation of the freeze orders that allow construction to continue if it began before the freeze. The builder stopped building and filed two appeals, to which no response has yet arrived.”

“We are now considering suing personally those who are responsible for this wanton act,” Mesika said.