Evacuation of Ohr HaHaim Friday afternoon
Evacuation of Ohr HaHaim Friday afternoonצילום: הלל בר-און/TPS

Several people were injured and at least seven settlement activists were arrested during clashes with police during the evacuation of an outpost settlement in Samaria which was rebuilt after being dismantled Friday.

Last Thursday, activists built a series of structures outside of the town of Migdalim in Samaria.

Named “Ohr HaHaim,” in honor of Rabbi Haim Druckman, the recently-deceased spiritual leader of the Religious Zionist movement, the outpost settlement was slated for demolition by the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration.

On Friday morning, Minister in the Defense Minister Bezalel Smotrich – who was given broad authority over settlement affairs – ordered the Civil Administration not to take action regarding the outpost until a formal hearing was held.

But Defense Minister Yoav Galant (Likud) overrode the order, instructing the Civil Administration to destroy the outpost immediately.

Security forces converged on Ohr HaHaim Friday morning, and by Friday afternoon the outpost had been demolished.

Activists said Arab rioters attacked Jews during the evacuation, and claimed that Israeli security personnel on the scene did not intervene.

The incident drew fierce condemnation from the Religious Zionist Party and Otzma Yehudit.

During Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Otzma Yehudit chairman National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir demanded that following the evacuation, the government carrying out pending demolition orders for the illegal Bedouin encampment of Khan al Akhmar, near Mishor Adumim, east of Jerusalem.

The Religious Zionist Party boycotted Sunday’s meeting, and threatened not to support the government in Knesset votes until the issue is resolved.

On Sunday, dozens of activists rebuilt the Ohr HaHaim outpost, prompting Border Police officers at the scene to demand a halt to the construction efforts.

Israeli security personnel and the Civil Administration destroyed the rebuilt Ohr HaHaim outpost, and arrested at least seven.

Activists accused authorities of violently assaulting them, leaving several injured.

Prior to its eviction Sunday, activists issued a statement, vowing to return to the site to rebuild again if authorities dismantle the reestablished outpost.

"Unfortunately, Galant chooses to continue the previous leftist government's policy, which included the harassment and persecution of the settlement movement until its bitter end, which was led by former Defense Minister Benny Gantz. The nation chose Galant to proceed with a right-wing policy, and now it seems that he is enacting a leftist one.”

“We intend on continuing to take hold of the hilltop, even if we will be evicted again and again, even 100 times. The fight for Judea and Samaria is at its height, and we cannot give up for a moment. We call on the whole nation of Israel to come and join us."