Uncertain Immediate Future For Gilad Farm

Tensions are again high at the Gilad Farm near Kedumim, and hundreds of people - mostly youth - streamed to the site late this morning. On Wednesday, over 1,000 people showed up to resist the army's plans to dismantle and uproot the site, but left peacefully - for the most part - after landowner Moshe Zar said he did not wish to clash with the soldiers, and that a compromise had been reached. T

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Tensions are again high at the Gilad Farm near Kedumim, and hundreds of people - mostly youth - streamed to the site late this morning. On Wednesday, over 1,000 people showed up to resist the army's plans to dismantle and uproot the site, but left peacefully - for the most part - after landowner Moshe Zar said he did not wish to clash with the soldiers, and that a compromise had been reached. The outpost is one of only a few populated outposts on Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer's list for dismantling. Many attribute his rush to do so to the upcoming primaries in his Labor Party.

The crowds left on Wednesday after being informed that the outpost would become a small army camp; the residents would be allowed to work the fields by day, but must leave at night. Ben-Eliezer later announced that he had agreed to no such arrangement, and today ordered the soldiers to remove all buildings from the site.

As mentioned, large crowds of people have been pouring to the farm, planning to spend the Shabbat there; Ben-Eliezer has also given orders to stop more people from arriving. He said there would be "no compromise" on the matter of uprooting the outposts. This follows sharp criticism of Wednesday's compromise by Peace Now.

The Gilad Farm was established in memory of Gilad Zar, the Shomron Council's security officer who was murdered by terrorists over a year ago near Kedumim. The property is owned by Gilad's father Moshe, and is settled by Itai Zar and his wife, Gilad's brother and sister-in-law, as well as several others.


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