Migron outpost aerial_311.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
To protest pending outpost demolitions, settlement activists plan a short march
in the capital on Monday, from the Supreme Court to the Knesset.
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calling on the Knesset to intercede on behalf of at least three outposts –
Migron, Givat Assaf and Amona. The three are located in the Binyamin region of
the northern West Bank and are under threat of court-mandated
Activists and settlers are hoping that politicians will save
the threatened homes.
“The ball is in their court,” said Oshrat Cohen of
the Psagot settlement near Ramallah, who is helping to organize the march. In
accordance with this theme, activists will have a large ball with them, she
The march is part of a larger campaign by the Council of Jewish
Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, which opened with an intensive
banner campaign on Sunday.
Large anti-demolition white banners were
stretched out across poles and fences near the cabinet meeting in
Each had the name of a government minister in black and then
read: “Don’t destroy my home.”
The demonstration and the banner campaign
come as the state prepares to submit to the High Court of Justice on Friday a
time table for the demolition of the Amona and Givat Assaf outposts. The Migron
outpost is slated to be demolished by the end of March.
The court has
ruled that these outposts must be removed because they are on privately owned
Residents of the outposts, as well as right-wing
politicians, say the land does not belong to Palestinians and that it can be
re-classified as state land. In some cases, where private Palestinians have
proof of ownership, the residents say they bought it.
hoping to thwart the demolitions, including at Amona, have secured from the
prime minister a pledge that he will form a committee to re-examine the status
of West Bank land, including areas that have been designed as private
But although the formation of the committee was
announced last month, its creation has been bogged down in debates and legal
questions regarding its mandate and membership.
As of Sunday night, the
committee had not been formed.
Likud politicians are hoping that once it
is formed, the state will ask the court to delay all demolitions until the
committee completes its work, thereby giving the outposts a reprieve.
that plan will only be effective if the committee is formed before the state
responds to the court.