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Defense Ministry Seeks 'Volunteers' to Help with Evictions

As the eviction of Migron comes closer, an e-mail sent to department heads at the Defense Ministry reveals planned massive evictions.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/24/2012, 11:17 PM

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The Defense Ministry is planning for massive evictions of outposts in Judea and Samaria, including Migron, according to an e-mail distributed to department heads at the Ministry of Defense and received by Arutz Sheva on Friday.

The e-mail, in which the Ministry is looking for employees of its various departments to assist in the evictions, reads: “During the next two weeks, an operation to evacuate illegal outposts in Judea and Samaria will take place (exact dates will be announced later).”

It goes on to ask the department heads to put together lists of employees who want to volunteer to take part in the evictions and send these lists to the department in charge of the eviction operation. The e-mail was signed by a senior official at the Ministry of Defense’s Human Resources Unit Department.

The e-mail said that the schedule and exact details and times of the evictions will be sent in a future communication. It comes just several days before the Supreme Court of Israel is set to decide the fate of 300 Jews living in Migron, a thriving community just 14 kilometers north of Jerusalem.

Residents living in Migron expressed anger at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s failure to intervene as they appeal the pending destruction of their homes.

The residents accused Netanyahu of abandoning them to the whims of the State Attorney’s Office. They were angered by warnings that if they fight their eviction, they may not get alternative homes.

Residents have appealed the initial demolition order, handed down after PA Arabs challenged the sale of Migron’s land to Jews, based on a second land purchase deal in which the land was bought from several of those who now claim ownership.

The army and police are planning to evict residents of Migron by next Tuesday. IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea and Samaria Major-General Eitan Dangot recently sent a letter warning residents that if troops must use force to evict them, the government will no longer see itself obligated to develop a new permanent neighborhood for them in the nearby Hayekev site.

Earlier this week, the left-leaning State Attorney's Office and Attorney General's Office defeated Israel's elected leaders in the matter of Migron. The two announced that the State’s response to the Supreme Court motion filed by residents of Migron will determine that they must be evicted from their land.

This recommendation was made despite the fact that residents have recently purchased the land that their homes stand upon and despite the fact that the Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs chose to stand behind Migron’s residents.

(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.)