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Danon: We Support Migron, Other Residents of Judea and Samaria

MK Danny Danon to Judea and Samaria residents: "We support you. Continue building the land of Israel."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/28/2011, 5:43 AM / Last Update: 7/28/2011, 6:08 AM

MK Danny Danon (Likud) responded on Wednesday to an incident in which a Jewish police officer who resides in Migron was asked by his superiors to leave his home which was allegedly illegally built.

“Last Thursday I visited the community in Migron and I was shocked to see a policeman sleeping in a tent outside of his house, because the police told him that if he does not leave his house immediately, he will be fired from the police,” Danon told Arutz Sheva.

Following the incident, Danon and MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) raised the issue in the Knesset. Participating in the debate were Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) and Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

“I asked [Minister Aharonovitch] today in the Knesset and he assured me that the policeman will not be fired,” said Danon.

“I hope,” he added, “that we will allow those people who live in Migron to live peacefully. It is unacceptable that while policemen who come from non-Jewish communities can live in homes that do not have permits, Jews who live in the communities in Judea and Samaria are being asked to leave their homes.”

Danon ended by expressing support for those police officers and army personnel who live in Judea and Samaria.

“We will support you,” he said. “We will back you. Continue with what you are doing in building the land of Israel.”

The town of Migron, north of Jerusalem, has faced threats of demolition since 2003. Its residents were sentenced to eviction in 2008, but the move has since been put on hold as a debate over the town's fate continues to unfold.

At stake now are three homes that officials say were built without authorization, homes that currently house families with children. The homes face demolition despite the fact that the original complaint against the structures, filed by the left-wing NGO Yesh Din, has since been withdrawn.

The state, however, is planning to ask the Supreme Court to approve a one-month delay in the demolition of homes in Migron.