Most of Migron’s families left their homes without violence Sunday while police played "cat-and-mouse” with activists protesting the expulsion, the largest since the government forced out more than 9,000 families from Gush Katif and four northern Samaria communities seven years ago.
Approximately 50 youth had entered Migron overnight and many positioned themselves on rooftops as police came to serve expulsion orders and remove families.
A massive police force easily surrounded the youth and took them outside the community – only to see some of them return later. They repeated the same scenario a third time as nationalists were determined to show their anger at the court-ordered expulsions and demolitions of most of the homes. Three of the youth finally were arrested.
Similar to the expulsion in Gush Katif, the government backed down from its promises that the residents could remain in their government-approved homes.
Last month, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu backed down from his promise to uphold the rights of 17 Migron families to remain in their homes after the property was bought – for a second time—from alleged Palestinian Authority Arab owners. However, Deputy Attorney General Michael Blass advised the government he would not support the policy in court.
Similarly, the government approved the removal of approximately 15 families from the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El earlier this summer after promising that a way would be found for them to remain.
Migron’s’ residents, some of whom have been living in their homes for 10 years, are being forced into temporary housing in nearby Ofra until the government completes permanent housing at the Givat HaYekev neighborhood, located near Migron.
Foreign media depicted Migron as being a “wildcat settlement” with families living in trailers, even though the government approved the construction of their full-fledged homes.