Security Forces Begin Eviction in Sa-Nur

Security forces evacuate some 250 people in Sa-Nur in northern Samaria. Most left without incident.

Ben Ariel, | updated: 05:44

Dancing at Sa-Nur
Dancing at Sa-Nur
Eliran Aharon

Security forces on Wednesday night began evacuating the dozens of families that returned to their homes in Sa-Nur in northern Samaria.

Of the 250 people in the community, most willingly boarded the buses that was brought for the eviction. A group of 100 youths and other activists, however, remained at the site and refused to leave, and the security people evacuated them by force. There were no reports of injuries.

In returning to their abandoned homes, the former residents marked ten years since Sa-Nur was forcibly evacuated, along with three other northern Samaria towns and Gush Katif in Gaza, as part of the 2005 Disengagement plan.

The 20 or so families, accompanied by roughly 200 supporters from around the country, were preparing the town for habitation again before the eviction.

Several more families succeeded in returning to Sa-Nur on Tuesday, avoiding the security forces and their barriers. Likewise, a shipment of food and other supplies arrived in the hands of the returned residents.

On Tuesday morning the families sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud), urging them not to have IDF soldiers expel them from their homes again.

"IDF soldiers are our beloved brothers, flesh of our flesh. We demand not to repeat the trauma of the expulsion, and not to force IDF soldiers to expel us again from our homes," they wrote.

"Placing the soldiers against their settler brothers is the addition of sin to a crime. Even if the government wants to expel Jews from their homes and their land, that should be done by police officers, and not by soldiers and Border Patrol soldiers who give the best of their years for the security of Israel."

The eviction from Sa-Nur came hours after security forces demolished the Draynoff homes in the town of Beit El.



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