The late night raid and demolition of three homes in the community of Migron earlier this week was off limits to photographers. The film put together by residents who managed to record the event shows why.
Arutz Sheva comments: It didn't have to happen at all, and it certainly did not have to happen this way.
And what is most sad, is that Peace Now probably considers it a victory.
But no one was the victor. Not the government of Israel, not Defense Minister Ehud Barak who hopes to get electoral points from the left, not the brutal policemen, not the right who justifiably villifies the Netanyahu government for letting it happen.
Everyone lost. No Zionist, no matter what side of the fence, wants to see what is seen on this video occur in Israel. Where does one start the litany of egregious crassness in the Jewish State?
All of Migron has been declared illegal by a recent Supreme Court decision, with a date for destruction. The infrastructure there was built with government aid. Their research was either faulty or non existent.
Arabs had filed suit with the help and encouragement of Peace Now.
There was no attempt by the government to arrange payment for the land once the 'problems' came to light, although this is the way so much of Israel was acquired, because the Palestinian Authority, our "peace partners" have made that punishable by death.
The land was never worked or lived on by anyone. Some of it was parcelled out to landowners by the Jordanian government from its store of unclaimed properties.
The suit by Peace Now was filed in 2006 -- but the attorney general's office never checked the claims on the land.
In October 2008, Palestinians aided by the leftist "Yesh Din" organization sued for damages from the state for delaying the removal of the town, and then the state actually responded that their claims to land ownership are not proven.
While the suit on all of Migron was pending, two Arabs claimed ownership of the land on which three houses had been built after the first suit was filed.
Theatre of the absurd: One of the Arabs involved in the suit claimed lot 7 was his and brought documents to prove it in court. The legal adviser for the Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council showed that none of the disputed homes was on lot 7 and the Arab withdrew his suit.
There was a government offer, when the problems surfaced, to relocate the community to a suburb to be built near the town of Adam.
Some residents, including the Council for Judea and Samaria, felt that the government offer should be accepted if the government let MIgron stay as is until the suburb was completely ready for residence. Building would take years, and anyway, many things could change by then, they argued.
Other residents were afraid that moving any community would be a precedent for dismantling others. They did not trust the government to keep its promise. The offer for Adam was rejected. The surprise night destruction -- after promises there would be advance notice so the children could be away from home (to minimize the trauma) -- strengthens that point of view.
The court ruled that all of Migron, houses built with citizens' hard earned money, is to be dismantled by a specified date in 2012, but someone in power decided to destroy the three last-built houses right away.
Afraid of the reaction, the forces of destruction came by surprise in dead of night.
So there were no provisions made in advance for shelter for families with young children before they were thrown out of their homes in the dark of night.
No one in power cared about the psychological harm to the young Jewish children, who could not be sent away with the timing of the destruction a surprise.