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Beit Din Rules: Do Not Relocate Communities

Public Affairs Beit Din headed by Rav Lior hands down ruling that is relevant to negotiations about Migron.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/26/2012, 8:15 PM

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The Beit Din for Public Affairs headed by Rav Dov Lior issued "a call for the Land of Israel" Wednesday, which is relevant to the current debate about relocating Migron.

The rabbis decided that "a community that that was built upon the Holy Land without any harm to an individual or robbing people of their place is permanent and there is no permission to tear it down – even if a substitute community is built elsewhere."

They added: "We join the strong and just position of the local authority heads of Binyamin and Samaria, and of the residents of the outposts, who bear upon their shoulders the burden of settling the Land of Israel, and demand that the government and MKs remove the shame of settlement demolition from our heads, and work tirelessly to legalize the status of the threatened communities."

Rav Lior also met with Avi Roeh, the head of the Mateh Binyamin local authority. Roeh gave him a summary of the situation regarding the attempts to legalize outposts, and the state's insistence not to accept legal formulations that could have solved the problem.

The call is signed by the Head of the Beit Din Rav Lior, as well as Rav Elyakim Levanon, Rav Michael Hershkovitz, Rav David Chai HaCohen and Rav Shimon Cohen.

The government has reportedly offered to the residents of Migron that most of the buildings that the house the community remain standing and be turned to another purpose, such as an army base, while the civilian residents will relocate to another place, not far away.