Daily Israel Report

Nationalists Demonstrate in "Support" of "Commander" Dan Meridor

Nationalists demonstrate against the demolition in Migron, wearing masks of Minister Dan Meridor, "commander of the evacuation army."
By Elad Benari & Hezki Ezra
First Publish: 1/10/2012, 4:38 AM

Dozens of young nationalists held a demonstration on Sunday morning against the planned evacuation and demolition in the community of Migron in Binyamin.

The protesters were dressed in the uniform of what they called “the Army of the evacuation of Peace Now.” They wore masks with the face of Minister Dan Meridor, who they called the army’s “military commander” and carried signs in “support” of his plans to evacuate Migron.

The protest was part of a campaign to exert pressure on government ministers to push for the approval of a bill that would give young communities ("outposts") in Judea and Samaria immunity from destruction until a court had reviewed the residents' claims of ownership.

The bill, known by some as the Migron Bill, was proposed by the National Union's MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh), Likud's MKs Ze'ev Elkin and Yariv Levin, and Yisrael Beitenu's MK David Rotem. If approved, it could delay or prevent the scheduled demolition of Migron in the Binyamin region.

Last week, however, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation decided to postpone a vote on the bill by three months.

In recent weeks, public representatives from all over Judea and Samaria have been conducting an extensive campaign in favor of the bill, trying to convince as many MKs to support it as possible.

Part of the campaign included launching an online website which calls the residents of Migron to help the government ministers decide whether they are for or against the legislation. Several ministers are named on the website as being undecided on how to vote, including Education Minister Gideon Saar, Minister Michael Eitan, and Minister Yossi Peled.

Last week, Peled reiterated his support for the bill.