Nokdim residents with their makeshift stand
Nokdim residents with their makeshift stand Nina Sapir

Following the Civil Administration’s Tuesday removal of the “pina chama” (rest area) for soldiers at the entrance to Nokdim in Gush Etzion, residents have set up a makeshift stand at the site in order to continue showing love and support for the IDF soldiers stationed in the area.

“Although the Civil Administration removed the pina chama, we will not stop supporting our beloved soldiers,” the residents said.

The Nokdim pina chama had been established thanks to generous Jewish donors from abroad, in order to benefit soldiers along with Border Police on patrol in eastern Gush Etzion.

On Tuesday, Civil Administration forces arrived without prior warning and towed away the caravan which housed the facility.

Gush Etzion Regional Council Head Shlomo Ne’eman responded Tuesday by saying: “The real enemy in Judea and Samaria is the illegal building and massive takeover of lands by the Arabs in area C. It's a shame that the IDF and security forces are being prevented from waging a real battle against our true enemy. Instead, we woke up this morning to another unnecessary evacuation.

“The Gush Etzion Regional Council is working to establish another pina chama for our soldiers in an alternate location, so we can show our troops our appreciation and love, and say 'thank you' for their dedication.