Daily Israel Report

Activists Demonstrate Outside IDF Base Over Ulpana Demolition

Border Police officers throw stun grenade at activists protesting the planned demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 6/8/2012, 10:48 PM

Protest outside Binyamin Brigade base
Protest outside Binyamin Brigade base
Arutz Sheva

More than 100 people demonstrated on Friday afternoon outside the Binyamin Regional Brigade's base, near the community of Beit El, amid concerns over the planned demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood.

Confrontations with soldiers broke out, as the protesters carried signs denouncing the anticipated demolition and called on the soldiers not to take part in the eviction of Jews from their homes. Border Police officers who were present at the scene fired stun grenades at the protesters in an attempt to keep them away from the base.

A military source later told Army Radio that “the IDF regrets the fact that the activists chose to try to drag it into the political discourse.”

Yesha Council head Danny Dayan told Arutz Sheva on Thursday that the Ulpana residents are preparing for a struggle to prevent the demolition of their homes. He spoke after a meeting between dozens of activists and regional leaders, who sat down with residents of the Ulpana neighborhood after the Regulation Bill was voted down this week, to discuss the next stage of the struggle.

“We’re very determined, I believe that we will ultimately be the winners here,” Dayan said. The residents have not yet decided exactly what form the struggle will take, he added, “or what kind of physical confrontation, if there will be one.”

Meanwhile, a senior legal source told Arutz Sheva on Friday that the planned demolition of homes in the Ulpana neighborhood was the result of human error.

“There was a series of errors that brought the Supreme Court justices to decide as they did,” he said. “Many mistakes have been made throughout the history of the Jewish people. Sometimes there is no choice but to pay the price.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)



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