Daily Israel Report

Fallen Soldier's Memorial Demolished at Outpost

Defense Minister Barak accused of heartlessly abusing Samaria Jews, as security forces destroy homes and the memorial to a fallen soldier.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/25/2010, 9:14 AM / Last Update: 11/25/2010, 10:05 AM

Yohai Damri

Security forces demolished the Harchivi outpost in the Jewish town of Elon Moreh in Samaria (Shomron) early on Thursday morning. Those who destroyed the outpost did not spare a memorial to an IDF soldier who fell in battle in Lebanon in 1997.

The local residents' council termed the demolition “despicable” and accused Defense Minister Ehud Barak of using his position to abuse Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. “The destruction of the memorial is an act of hatred and an attempt by Barak to provoke residents, and shows heartlessness toward a bereaved family,” the council said.

“It is a shame that the Likud government does not expel the provocateur from its midst,” they said of Barak.

Family Breaks Down in Tears
Avner Hezi Kfir, for whom the memorial was created, was an IDF medic who was killed in action at the age of 20. He died when his unit was hit by an anti-tank missile in the Beaufort area in southern Lebanon. His grandfather, Avraham, had fallen in battle in the 1950s. His family burst into tears this morning upon seeing the destruction of the memorial.

The demolition in Harchivi followed the demolition of a building in the town of Havat Yair in Samaria on Wednesday.

In the past the IDF Civil Administration has even hired Palestinian Authority Arabs to carry out the work of demolishing structures built by Israelis in Judea and Samaria. The Judea and Samaria Human Rights Organization charges that the PA laborers have employed violence during the course of their work.