Family Home Demolished in Oz Tzion

Civil Administration and police forces raid the outpost of Oz Tzion, demolish a family home. Mitzpe Avichai also raided.

Elad Benari ,

Demolition at Oz Tzion
Demolition at Oz Tzion
Israel news photo: Hillel Maeir

Civil Administration and police forces demolished a family home in the outpost of Oz Tzion, near Givat Assaf late, late Wednesday evening, the Tazpit agency reported.

According to the report, the two tractors which carried out the destruction left and headed south, causing concern among nationalists that they will continue to the nearby outpost of Maoz Esther.

Tazpit added that during the demolition, several grenades were thrown at an Israeli vehicle as it passed Givat Assaf. The car driver, who was not aware of the demolition in Oz Tzion, was frightened by the explosions and almost overturned.

One of the passengers who was in the car told Tazpit, “We saw smoke coming from Givat Assaf but did not see soldiers or police. As we drove near a bus station three stun grenades exploded around the vehicle. The driver panicked and broke the steering wheel, and suddenly I saw cops with their weapons drawn coming out from behind a car that was there. At first I was sure we hit a roadside bomb and that terrorists were running towards us. We drove another 100 meters until we understood what happened. I got out of the car and shouted to the police that what they did was dangerous and they signaled that we should get out of there.”

Tazpit also reported that Civil Administration officials entered Mitzpe Avichai and confiscated a large tent inhabited by local residents. According to the report, Border Police officers arrived on the scene and prevented residents from returning to the outpost. The residents reportedly set up another tent about 60 meters from the destroyed outpost.

The Oz Tzion outpost was demolished in an early morning raid in November. A newlywed couple was arrested during the demolition, as police and Civil Lands Authority officials swooped down on the community at dawn and leveled 15 structures.

Wednesday night’s raid in Mitzpe Avichai is the second time in less than a week that the outpost was invaded. Last Thursday, Police and Civil Administration personnel demolished homes in the outpost, which is located near Kiryat Arba.

Residents said that the forces destroyed at least ten temporary buildings. Nine families were kicked out of their homes in the raid, which also occurred in the middle of the night and in extremely cold winter conditions.