Daily Israel Report

5,000 Jews from 40 Countries: Don't Evict Migron Families

MK Eldad presents petition to Prime Minister, says State Attorney's Office is acting like "a state within a state."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/7/2012, 9:53 PM

Israeli families in Migron
Israeli families in Migron
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) presented Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday with a petition signed by 5,000 Jews from 40 countries, calling on him to prevent the eviction of the residents of Migron, north of Jerusalem.

MK Eldad noted that 17 families in Migron have recently purchased the land that their homes stand upon, and that the Ministers' Committee for Settlement has accepted, in principle, the position that they should not be evicted from their homes.

 However, he said, the State Attorney's Office continues to make fun of government decisions and behaves like a state within a state. It has, thus far, avoided presenting an updated position statement to the High Court in view of the circumstances which have changed materially."

Migron's residents appealed to the High Court last month to cancel the eviction order after most of the land was secretly purchased from several Palestinian Authority owners through transactions financed by a U.S. donor, whose name has not been revealed.

Itai Hemo, spokesman for the community, told Arutz Sheva that that the purchase of the land shuffled the cards, saying, “Over the past two weeks a huge deal to acquire substantial parts of the community of Migron was concluded. Now it’s another story altogether because, if until now the arguments against Peace Now were that we are right, now we must be right, because even if the land had Arab owners, we now have the documents that indicate that we are the owners of the land.”

The pro-Migron petition is hosted on the Shomron Liaison Office website, and is still open for more signatures.