Gush Etzion residents: We will fight, even physically

Residents of Netiv Ha'avot plan to fortify themselves in a carpentry shop, fight physically with those who come to destroy their homes.

Chana Roberts,

Netiv Ha'avot residents protest
Netiv Ha'avot residents protest
Hezki Baruch

Residents of Netiv Ha'avot in Elazar are preparing to prevent the destruction of their homes, even if it means a violent evacuation and fortifying themselves in a carpentry shop.

Gil Bar Lev, a Netiv Ha'avot resident whose home the Supreme Court ordered destroyed, told Israel Hayom that "it's a very hard feeling, what's happening is a real injustice. The Supreme Court's last ruling is really the straw that broke the camel's back."

"We could have saved six homes almost completely, but the Supreme Court rejected the proposal outright. It's really hard. The Supreme Court has a policy of discrimination, and the Israeli government is helpless.

"They offer us temporary solutions and make empty promises. They're just tossing us out. We're not willing to be Amona and Migron, so we are going to physically fight. We call on everyone to come and help us. There will be difficult scenes. It's sad, but this is the situation. We cannot allow this absurdity to happen. We insist the government and Knesset members begin to rule the country. Instead of dealing with the bill to forbid investigations of a sitting prime minister, come deal with the root of the problem here."

The Supreme Court in December 2016 ordered the destruction of Elazar's Netiv Ha'avot neighborhood, after an unclaimed strip of land was found to run through it.

In September, the State informed the Supreme Court that it supported the petition of the residents of six houses slated for demolition to have only the small sections of their homes which were built on privately owned land demolished. However, in October, the Supreme Court rejected the residents' request and ordered the homes destroyed completely.