For Every Destroyed Community We'll Build Another

A spokesperson for the Binyamin Regional Council: It's a hard day for the people of Migron, but we hope they'll be able to return.

Elad Benari & Hezki Baruch ,

Migron expulsion Sunday morning
Migron expulsion Sunday morning
Israel news photo: Hezi Ezra

Arutz Sheva spoke on Sunday with Miri Maoz Ovadia, spokesperson and foreign desk liaison of the Binyamin Regional Council, as 50 families from the community of Migron were being evicted from their homes.

Ovadia reacted to the expulsion and called it “a very hard day for the people of Migron.”

“Families with children and toddlers who have lived here for ten years were forced out of their homes,” she said. “The people of Migron have gone through nearly a six-year battle to stay here.”

“The people are obviously moving with a very bad feeling,” said Ovadia. “What is going on is unjustified. Some of the people have even purchased their plots of land [once it was known that these plots did have Arab owners, a fact unknown when the homes were built on barren land, ed.] and yet the Supreme Court refused to recognize that. We all hope that they’ll be able to return here and rebuild Migron.”

“We believe that the communities of Judea and Samaria are strong,” she said. “They’re developing and flourishing and we hope that this thing we’ve seen today will be the last time this happens. For every community that falls and gets destroyed we will build another.”

As of now, up to three communities will take the place of Migron: a community at nearby Givat Hayekev, where the evicted residents are awaiting construction in temporary structures, a large suburb for the town of Adam near Jerusalem, and possibly Migron itself, when the litigation on the land ownership is concluded. The latter option is one of the reasons for anger at the Supreme Court, whose decision to destroy the homes because of the lack of proper permits - government infrastructure notwithstanding - and not just the question of ownership,  ignored the possiblity that they could be left standing until the verdict was in.