Daily Israel Report

Anger in Hevron Region over Sabbath Demolition

Police demolish a building in the Mitzpeh Avichai outpost on the Sabbath. ‘They’re adding insult to injury,’ residents say.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/4/2012, 10:23 PM

Border Police  
Border Police  
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Border police evicted Jews from the Mitzpeh Avichai outpost in the Hevron region on Saturday, residents of the area report.

The outpost has been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times. Homes have sometimes been destroyed in the middle of the night, and on at least one occasion, residents say, an Arab demolition crew stole valuables. However, they said Saturday night, never before have police carried out a demolition on the Sabbath.

Resident Aryeh Davis accused the police of “adding insult to injury.” Davis, who has previously spoken to Arutz Sheva, said, “It’s not enough to destroy the land of Israel, they have to do it on the Sabbath, too.”

“Yet again they’ve shown that the law doesn’t interest them, and neither do residents’ sensitivities,” he added.

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) called on the religious Shas party, which is part of the coalition, to ask Defense Minister Ehud Barak why it was necessary to desecrate the Sabbath in order to destroy a home in the land of Israel.

“Not only is the government of Israel forcing Jews out of their homes, officers are forcing soldiers to desecrate the Sabbath in order to meet the failed Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s political needs, and those of the Prime Minister of Destruction Binyamin Netanyahu,” Ben-Ari charged.