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(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
Right-wing activists are looking to bring thousands of demonstrators to the
Migron outpost on Tuesday to rally against its impending demolition.
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small hilltop community in the Binyamin region is under a double threat. The
first and more imminent, is the demolition of three homes.
The state had
told the court at the end of July that it would take down the homes in the
coming weeks, and not any later than September.
According to Yesh Din
attorney Michael Sfard, who filed a petition against the homes, the demolitions
could take place sometime in September.
Settlers on Migron said they too
believe the homes could be taken down in the coming weeks. Initially they had
hoped the demolition would be deferred to March.
Now settlers said they
feared the destruction of the three homes could move forward, possibly even
closer to the start of the month than the end, so as not to coincide with
anticipated Palestinian protests later in September regarding a unilateral
declaration of Palestinian statehood.
The second and more significant
threat to Migron comes from a recent High Court of Justice decision that the
entire outpost is illegally constructed on private Palestinian property, and as
such must be evacuated by the end of March. The decision was in response to a
petition by Peace Now.
On Tuesday, Migron settlers and right-wing
activists hope to show that the community of 50 families has wide support within
the Israeli public.
Migron settlers and rightwing activists believe that
politics has prevented the authorization of the outpost, which was constructed
with funding from the Ministry of Housing and Construction. Settlers claim it
was built on land which was either abandoned property or purchased from
The head of the Binyamin Citizens’ Committee, Itzik Shadmi,
said that the point of the rally was to show that Migron residents were living
normal lives, in spite of threats against their community.
As such, the
rally features both children’s events and political speakers, including
politicians from the National Union, Binyamin Regional Council head Avi Ro’eh,
and Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika, as well as rabbinical
“We want to show that life goes on as usual,” said
But he added that the rally was also meant as a warning
“The thousands [who] come are only the tip of the forces that
would arrive to protest against the evil, stupid and unnecessary destruction [of
Migron],” he said.