Boy walks past homes in W. Bank outpost of Migron 311.
(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
The West Bank outpost of Migron received a boost this week from Knesset Speaker
Reuven Rivlin (Likud), who called from the plenum podium for the government to
authorize the community just off Highway 60, north of Jerusalem and east of
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As long as Migron remained unauthorized, he said, its homes
would remain under threat of demolition, particularly the three whose
destruction was delayed this week when the state announced that it would move
against them in August instead of at the end of July.
During a plenum
debate on Wednesday, Rivlin said he had telephoned the Migron residents to tell
them, “The threat has not been averted, it was simply delayed. We can’t prevent
it, unless the demolition order becomes irrelevant because the construction has
Authorizing Migron is the only solution, he said. He
added that he had made this request to the attorney-general, the prime minister
and the defense minister.
Migron residents are also awaiting a High Court
of Justice ruling in response to a petition by Peace Now to demolish the entire
outpost. A hearing on the matter was held this week.
Fifty families live
in the outpost, which was founded in 1999 and re-founded in 2001, just outside
of Jerusalem in the Binyamin region of the West Bank. It was constructed with
NIS 4.3 million from the Ministry of Construction and Housing, but without the
According to the state it was built on private
Palestinian property. Migron settlers say this is false.
the Peace Now petition, the state has said that it would destroy three recently
constructed homes in Migron by the end of August.
One of the three homes
belongs to a policeman, whose job was threatened this week unless he left his
His cause was taken up by MK Danny Danon (Likud), who met him
earlier in the week during a tour of the outpost, after asking why a tent had
been pitched outside the home.
The policeman explained that he was
sleeping in it, because his superiors had recently told him he could not keep
his job if he stayed in his house.
“I saw a policeman whose wife is in
her ninth month of pregnancy, sleeping in a tent outside of his house,” Danon
told the Knesset on Wednesday.
In the plenum, he accused Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Israel Beiteinu) of selective enforcement of the
He asked Aharonovitch if there was a new policy of firing policemen
who lack the proper authorizations for their homes.
responded that the police cannot enforce the law in one place while breaking it
in another. This isn’t a new policy, Aharonovitch said.
that this building code standard was applied in such a strict way across the
“What is the criteria?” he asked.
“If a policeman didn’t
enclose his porch properly according to the law, is he always asked to leave his
house?” asked Danon.
“My question is, where do we draw the line?” “If
Aharonovitch was given a list of policemen in similar situations, would they all
suffer the same fate?” he asked.
MK David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu) said
that the issue in Migron was a not a typical example of lawbreaking, because all
that was needed to change the situation was for the prime minister to instruct
the defense minister to legalize the construction, and the problem would be
MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) said he believed that the
law had been selectively applied to the officer from Migron, given that a
similar issue existed with police officers from minority sectors such as the
Beduin who live in unrecognized villages.
Aharonovitch defended the
position that the policeman could not live in his home in Migron.
isn’t an issue of politics, it is one of law, he said. There were other
instances where police living in illegal structures had been asked to leave
their home until the matter was resolved, Aharonovitch said.