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      Migron Residents: Why Rush to Evacuate Us?

      Residents of Migron: There's no reason for us to leave our homes before the Supreme Court hears our case. We're not going anywhere.
      By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
      First Publish: 8/27/2012, 12:12 AM

      Residents of the community of Migron told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that they did not understand why the State was demanding that they leave their homes right away, particularly when the Supreme Court has not even yet discussed their case and is not scheduled to do so until Tuesday.

      “There’s no reason for us [to leave],” said Migron resident Aviela Deitch, who added that the residents “have no intention of going anywhere at the moment.”

      She added that the caravan site in Givat HaYekev, where the residents are to live after their eviction, is not yet ready and is not habitable.

      “On top of that, we are now being told that if we don’t act like good little boys and girls and get up and leave on our own, we might be denied the privilege of living in those homes,” said Deitch.

      “Migron did actually, through the help of a generous American Zionist donor, purchase a large portion of the land on which Migron sits,” she emphasized, adding that the sale was done entirely legally, despite accusations by some that the sale was illegal.

      “We demand rights to this land that we have purchased,” said Deitch. “This is, as we’ve been told many times, is the only democracy in the Middle East and our democratic right is to live on the land which we have purchased.”

      Also on hand in Migron on Sunday was Jeff Daube, Director of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) Israel’s office. Daube established a branch office of ZOA in Migron, and called on the State of Israel not to hurry to evict the residents.

      “This should be done in an orderly fashion,” he told Arutz Sheva. “Whether it be moving residents out of their homes or allowing the Israeli judicial process to follow through on all of the possibilities. There is a way to do this, and as a representative of an American organization that believes in due process, our organization believes that this process should be followed in that orderly fashion.”