Samarian Council heads organize strike, protest

Judea and Samaria leaders organize demonstration, strike in protest of government violation of Amona agreement, upcoming demolition.

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Yesha Council Chairman Avi Roeh
Yesha Council Chairman Avi Roeh
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Municipal authorities in Judea and Samaria have announced a general strike on Monday in protest of the scheduled Amona demolition.

Though the Israeli government came to an agreement with Amona's residents in December, no steps have been taken to follow through on the plan.

The plan allowed half of Amona's residents to remain on nearby plots on the same hill, and stipulated the government would construct temporary homes for them before the demolition. However, with the demolition date just a week away, not a single home has been constructed.

The strike is being organized by Yesha Council Chairman and Binyamin Regional Council Head Avi Roeh, as well as Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan, Deputy Gush Etzion Council Head Moshe Seville, Har Hevron Council Head Yochai Demeri, Beit Aryeh Council Head Avi Naim, Kiryat Arba-Hevron Council Head Malachi Levinger, and Beit El Council Head Shai Alon.

In addition, rabbis and various leaders of the settlement movement will participate in the protest.

"It's time to apply Israeli sovereignty in all of Judea and Samaria. We are sick of being second class citizens. We refuse to let Amona be demolished," they said.

The demonstrators will walk from the Israel Museum to the Wohl Rose Gardens opposite the Knesset, where the main protest will be held.

"We are going to Jerusalem tomorrow, and we're closing everything the council runs. We are telling the government: Enough! We will not continue to carry on as usual without issuing a proper response, when we are being treated like second class citizens.

"We will not continue to accept the inequality of the justice system and its bias against residents of Judea and Samaria."