“That’s my son! Leave him alone!” screamed Osnat Nahum at the border policemen
who were preparing to drag Elyashiv, 17, away from the site of the unauthorized
Mitzpe Avihai outpost early Thursday morning.
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As a policeman sought to
grab hold of the wriggling teen, Nahum bent over her son, who was stretched out
on the ground, and tried to pull him away from the police.
son, Amihai, 14, also raced to rescue his brother.
Their efforts were
thwarted by policemen, one of whom roughly pushed Osnat Nahum away so
fell on the ground. A second caught hold of Amihai Nahum in a bear hug
The policeman then dragged Elyashiv Nahum along the ground by
grasping his navy blue T-shirt. His mother tried once more to stop
taking him away.
“I came here to watch over him, to make sure that he
doesn’t do anything,” Osnat Nahum yelled out.
For a few seconds, she
pulled at one of her son’s arms while a policeman pulled at another.
she was pushed away again, and police succeeded in taking Elyashiv Nahum
Police then walked Amihai Nahum away from the site and took him as
Settlers caught the incident on video and posted it on YouTube
Thursday, in the aftermath of a Border Police raid on Mitzpe Avihai,
located just outside of the Kiryat Arba settlement.
The outpost was first
erected a year and a half ago. It has since been destroyed more than six
Police said they had arrived at Mitzpe Avihai to destroy the
outpost at 2:30 a.m. Dozens of police officers, including border
members of the YASAM anti-riot unit, moved into the area. Once the
arrived on the scene, the demolition took around two hours to
The police demolished six wooden structures – four family
homes, one structure housing singles, and a synagogue.
that the police confiscated the Torah scroll and religious texts,
prayer books, that were in the synagogue. They also charged that Border
beat up activists who had gathered at the site to help prevent the
after receiving SMS messages that security forces were heading
After the demolition, activists allegedly set fire to a nearby
Palestinian field and threw stones at Palestinians.
Itamar Ben-Gvir said that the fire was part of the “price tag” policy,
which settlers attack Palestinians and their property in retaliation for
Police alleged that an hour and a half after the
demolitions, activists surrounded an IDF jeep at the site of the
punctured its tires and attacked an officer. Four people were arrested
for questioning to the Hebron police station.
The soldier was not
seriously hurt and was treated at a nearby base. Settlers claimed that
activists were wounded in the day’s events.
Osnat Nahum said her sons had
been attacked by border policemen.
Her sons, she said, had been involved
in building the outpost, and the younger one had been sleeping there
Border Police arrived.
Nahum was awakened by the sound of the telephone
in her home in the Otniel settlement when activists called Elyashiv to
what was happening. The two then traveled in the dark to Mitzpe Avihai
After hearing her younger son’s story of being beaten by
police, Osnat Nahum went to the nearby station to lodge a formal
then returned to find his tefillin, which had been left behind.
when Border Police surrounded them and took both her sons away, Osnat
said. At one point, she said, a border policeman briefly dragged her son
Elyashiv along the ground by his peyot (sidelocks).
In the background of
the video that shows their arrest, one can hear a stone land, and a
seen racing off into the distance.
But Nahum said her sons had not thrown
any stones and that she had given them strict instructions not to be
She spoke with The Jerusalem Post
around 6 p.m. while she
was still at the police station with her boys, some 12 hours after they
first arrested. Only now, she said, were they being taken to court.
said she had told her sons that “violence was fruitless” and had
instead to pray when soldiers came to evacuate.
“They will destroy and we
will build,” she said she’d told her sons.
Aryeh Davis, who has lived at
the outpost for over a year with his wife and two small daughters, told
that plans were already under way to rebuild the outpost and that this
more families planned to join them.
But Ben-Gvir struck a much more
strident tone when he warned that the demolitions would elicit a strong
“I wouldn’t be surprised if someone tried to harm area mosques
as a result,” said Ben-Gvir.
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari,
meanwhile, said that when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense
Ehud Barak were forgotten in the trash heap of history, “they will be
new kindergarten in Mitzpe Avihai.”