Beit El homes slated for demolition
Beit El homes slated for demolition Aryeh Minkoff

With the impending demolition of homes in Beit El, senior rabbis in the Religious Zionist community called on the public to demonstrate on behalf of the residents of the “Draynoff Houses,” supporting them in “their just struggle for their right to settle in the Land of Israel.”

The rabbis, among them Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, and others, issued a public letter calling for mass protests against the planned demolitions.

“Especially at this time,” their letter reads, “when we commemorate a decade since the terrible removal of Jews from Gush Katif, and the government implements yet another building freeze in Judea and Samaria.”

The government, reads the letter, “is under pressure from the nations of the world, and is ignoring our G-d given right to build in Judea and Samaria.”

The antidote, the rabbis assert in the letter, is pressure from the other side, demanding that Jews be allowed to settle anywhere they want on their land. 

The signatories are considered among the most influential in the Religious Zionist community.

Although the letter does not call for any specific action, it is expected that community members will organize demonstrations and rallies in the coming days, especially on Sunday – when Tisha B'Av is commemorated, in remembrance of the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Jews from the Land of Israel nearly two thousand years ago.