Watch: New Hevron homes evicted

Security forces evacuate 200 Jews who took up residence of 2 new buildings the day before, despite their full purchase from Arab.

Hezki Baruch,

Security forces enter one of the buildings
Security forces enter one of the buildings
Amichai Ben-David

Large Security forces gathered on Friday morning and evicted the roughly 200 Jews who took up residence the day before in two new buildings in Hevron, which they noted were bought in full from an Arab seller.

Credit: Chaverim L'shat Tzara

The eviction concluded not long after it began, and ended without incident.

It comes after sources close to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) said Thursday that in order to populate a house in Hevron, it is necessary to receive approval for the purchase, have security clearance and also receive approval from the political echelon.

None of the three conditions were met, the sources claimed, adding that the residents will likely be evacuated from the buildings soon.

Several MKs in the coalition have voiced opposition to the eviction, with MKs Oren Hazan, Ayoub Kara and Bezalel Smotrich sending a message on Friday to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Likud MKs and Jewish Home MK warned that if the two buildings are evacuated, the three will not view themselves as obligated to coalition discipline any longer, and will work to bring down the government.

Netanyahu's coalition stands at 61 MKs, the smallest majority possible, meaning that if even one MK were to leave the government they would bring it down. It remains to be seen if the three MKs will follow through on their threat.

The two new buildings, called Beit Rachel and Beit Leah, are strategically located between the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, where the Jewish presence in the city was reestablished after the city was liberated from Jordanian occupation, and the Cave of Machpelah, where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs other than Rachel are buried.

Jews have extreme limitations placed on them in Hevron, both in terms of movement, obtaining building permits and a variety of other rights, with no new residents allowed into the Jewish neighborhoods.




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