Demonstration Near Supreme Court to Support Regulation Law
Protesters showed their support of the Regulation Law in a demonstration near the Supreme Court shortly before a vote on the bill.
Dozens of youths and young adults blocked the road near the court house in Jerusalem before the Knesset plenum was scheduled to decide on the measure, which would retroactively legalize Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood.
The so-called Regulation Bill requires anyone claiming ownership of land upon which homes are being built to file a challenge and prove ownership within four years of the start of construction upon the property.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who arranged for the five apartment buildings in the Ulpana neighborhood to be demolished but for exact replicas to be rebuilt several hundred meters away.
He also vowed to fire any minister who voted for the bill, which would prevent similar expulsions in other threatened settlements, such as Migron, Amona and Mitzpe Assaf.
Dozens of families are set to be expelled from their homes in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood on July 1 when their homes are destroyed in the demolition. It is not clear whether the promised new homes will be ready and waiting for them to move into either before, or even at that time – thus increasing the likelihood of traumatizing both parents and children who will be left homeless in a possible violent expulsion by government forces.
The Regulation Law, meanwhile, is not expected to pass, with the hareidi-religious United Torah Judaism party having said it would not support the measure.
MK Yisrael Eichler said Wednesday that hareidi religious Jews “do not owe the national religious public a thing.” He noted with some heat that MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home), an activist in the settlement enterprise, was one of the first to visit the “sucker's tent” erected to recruit support towards drafting hareidi-religious men into the IDF.