Daily Israel Report

IDF Expels Two Migron Activists from Judea and Samaria

The IDF escalated a policy of removing potential opposition to destroying Migron and ordered two activists out of Judea and Samaria.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/22/2012, 9:35 AM

Demolition at Ramat Migron
Demolition at Ramat Migron
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The IDF Tuesday night escalated a policy of removing potential opposition to the destruction of Migron and ordered two activists out of Judea and Samaria for six months, even though no charges or indictments have been made against them.

It was the second such order in several days and targeted two nationalists who live in Ramat Migron, an outpost near Migron which has been destroyed several times.

Migron, home to more than 50 families, faces destruction at the end of the month after the government capitulated and went back on promises to support the community after a significant amount of the land was purchased from alleged Palestinian Authority Arab owners.

The High Court refused to alter its former expulsion and demolition order, even though the “facts on the ground” had changed by virtue of the purchase.

Concerned that activists will disturb the planned expulsions, Central Command Major General Nitzan Alon, signed the orders Tuesday night to banish two Ramat Migron residents from Judea and Samaria, one of them for six months and the other for nine months. The IDF said the activists are suspected of being involved in "price tag" activities against Arabs.

Similar orders were signed against two other nationalists in the past week.

National Union Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben-Ari said Wednesday, “I am afraid for the model of Israeli democracy. If there is evidence against the activists, the judicial system should indict them, but if there is none, there is no reason to issue anti-democratic orders.”