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17 More Families Slated For Expulsion

A full-fledged Israeli community of 17 families near Shilo is now slated for destruction. The Supreme Court ruled that the government may dismantle Givat HaRoeh and expel the residents at will.
First Publish: 9/20/2004, 3:56 PM / Last Update: 9/20/2004, 5:03 PM

A full-fledged Israeli community of 17 families near Shilo is now slated for destruction. The Supreme Court ruled this morning that the residents of Givat HaRoeh have no case, and that the government may dismantle their homes and expel them at will.

A resident of Givat HaRoeh, Gili Lichtenfeld, told Arutz-7 that the situation is indeed grave, "though it's not the first time that we have been under the gun. We will convene - the residents, the leaders of Eli and Maaleh Levonah, and the Amanah settlement organization, and the Binyamin Regional Council - to decide on our next moves." He recalled that only three weeks ago, when the army attempted to relocate three caravans [mobile homes without wheels] in Givat Assaf, over 1,000 people arrived on the scene on very short notice and prevented this from happening.

"Some of the people have been living here for over 18 months," Gili said, "and we have roads, and phones, and promises and guarantees that we would be legalized and certainly not removed." Based on these promises, many residents invested heavily in the site, and in fact six structures are in various stages of being built.

The Supreme Court, which ruled last week that Ramat Gilad, near Karnei Shomron, could also be evacuated, decided today that the government's verbal promises not to remove the community were not sufficient to "legalize" the townlet. In addition, stated the Justices, the government's decision to remove Givat HaRoeh from the list of "unauthorized outposts" to be demolished signaled nothing more than a temporary reprieve.