National Union MK Yaakov Katz 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A proposed bill would prevent the state from razing settlement homes at night as
it did in Migron earlier this week, which Environmental Protection Minister
Gilad Erdan said on Wednesday caught Likud ministers by
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National Union MK Ya’acov Katz drafted on Tuesday night
legislation that would forbid administrative evacuation orders to be carried out
between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The legislation is meant to “protect the honor
and liberty of man,” Katz said.
“When a destruction order is carried out
by the authorities, we must make sure that, despite the fact that the property
is sentenced to be destroyed, the person’s other rights are protected,” he
wrote. “It is not reasonable that people who are being forced out of their homes
– even when it is justified – will be left outside without a chance to find
The National Union faction leader proposed the bill hours after
saying Supreme Court justices, the State Attorney’s Office and the Jewish
Division of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) should be brought to court for
violating the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.
Katz also pointed out
that while a home may have to be razed according to law, there is no reason to
destroy its contents.
Therefore, Katz’s bill states that the evacuating
authority must “allow the property owner to clear his possessions from the
property in a respectful manner that does not harm them.”
the proposed bill, if these two conditions are not fulfilled, the property owner
will have the right to receive compensation from the state.
took issue with the events in Migron, telling The Jerusalem Post
ministers were surprised” upon hearing three houses were razed.
minister explained that the order to destroy the homes was for March 2012, and
was carried out months early.
“Had [Likud ministers] known this was going
to happen, we would have been much more active. We thought we had time,” Erdan
said. “I learned my lesson: to be much more active and bring the Ministry of
Defense to a meeting with the Prime Minister’s Office on these
“I’m not sure those three houses could have been legalized, but
Migron as a settlement could be,” he added, saying that had the authorities
waited until March 2012, the settlers and government may have been able to reach
“This could have been done without coming in the middle of
the night like – I don’t want to say,” Erdan stopped himself.
out children and women and use tractors to wipe out houses? It shouldn’t come to
that. We could have prevented it.”