Boy walks past homes in W. Bank outpost of Migron 311.
(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Amidst the festive cotton candy atmosphere on the Migron outpost on Tuesday evening, right-wing politicians warned the government they would fight any plans to demolish the small hilltop community.
The outpost is under a double threat. It is mandated for demolition by the High Court of Justice for March, and the state pledged to take three homes away as early as September.
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MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) told the more than thousand supporters who gathered in the middle of the outpost that on the surface it might seem strange to worry about three houses in light of the larger issue of unilateral Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.
“If we do not know how to fight for these three homes and for this community, then we won’t succeed in the larger fight for the land of Israel [Judea and Samaria],” he said.
The High Court of Justice this summer ordered the demolition of Migron,
which it has ruled is illegally located on private Palestinian property.
Settlers have contended the property is abandoned, and any land belonging to Palestinians was purchased.
Eldad said the court needs to realize the land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel.
Although Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Meskia, Binyamin Regional
Council head Avi Ro’eh and National Union Party head MK Ya’acov Katz
spoke, the bulk of the event was festive, including a musical concert.
Vendors set up booths at the outpost to sell items such as ceramics, books and hair accessories.
Hundreds of children and their parents wandered around the outpost, located just outside Jerusalem and Ramallah.
But the event was designed to bolster support for the outpost in light of the anticipated demolition.
Initially settlers had hoped the state would defer the demolitions and deal with them within the context of the larger outpost.
But now they fear that the state plans to go ahead with its pledge to the court to destroy them within the next few weeks.