Demolition at Hazon David
Demolition at Hazon DavidYehudit Katzover

The Civil Administration on Monday night evicted and demolished the Hazon David synagogue, located near Kiryat Arba.

Hazon David was built in 2001, in memory of David Hacohen and Chezi Muallem, who were killed by terrorists. Hacohen was killed when terrorists fired at his vehicle near the entrance to Kiryat Arba.

Muallem, who arrived at the scene soon after the attack to assist Hacohen, was also was shot by terrorists. Muallem was wounded and was taken for treatment at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where he died of his injuries.

Hazon David was declared by the government an illegal outpost, and was destroyed and rebuilt as many as 33 times, the 33rd time coming in 2008.

Responding to Monday night’s demolition, the Civil Administration said , "Today, April 14, 2015, security forces carried out the demolition of an illegal structure, which is used as a synagogue, and which was built without a permit in Hazon David. The building was destroyed after completion of the enforcement process and after a demolition order was issued.”

"It should be noted that over the past few months the Civil Administration turned to the Kiryat Arba Local Council and asked it to evacuate the building. When they did not do so, the building was demolished according to procedure," added the Civil Administration.