Tammy Guttman Migron demolition.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
A knock at her door at 12:30 a.m. pushed Tammy Guttman into a nightmare from
which she still hoped to wake as she surveyed the rubble of her Migron home at
dawn on Monday morning.
Her washing machine stood on the grass. Her
children were with neighbors.
She still didn’t know which of her
possessions were under the rubble or strewn on the lawn.
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All summer, her
home, along with two others in the small hilltop outpost in the Binyamin region
of the West Bank, had been under threat of destruction.
arrived, and nothing had happened, she thought they had averted that
“I thought if they didn’t destroy the homes in the summer, why
would they do it now that the school year has started,” she said.
her husband and their five children went to sleep Sunday as if it was any other
She missed the initial warnings that had spread through the Migron
outpost of the pending demolitions of three homes, including hers.
the Border Police knocked on her door.
“They shouted, ‘Get out, get out,”
she recalled, her eyes wet with tears.
“They are simply cruel,” she said,
as she held her arms across her chest.
Within minutes, she and her
husband moved their five children out of the homes. She and her husband, Uriel,
were forcibly removed. Uriel pointed to a hole in his gray T-shirt, which he
said came from being pushed and shoved by the Border Police.
even get a chance to pack, Guttman said, and added that the IDF had used Arab
workers to clear out their homes, a point she said she felt particularly bitter
She was aware when constructing the home that its future and that
of the outpost was uncertain. For that reason, she said, the one-story house
with its red roof was constructed in such a way that it could have been
She had assumed that should the outpost be forced to relocate,
they would bring their home with them.
“My husband took a year off from
work to plan and build it. We lived here for a year,” she said. “He is connected
to it emotionally. We offered to move it but they just wanted to
Worse, she said, high officials in the IDF promised they would
be notified if there were plans.
“And they lied,”she said.
we know is that right-wing governments want to destroy and to sacrifice and to
As she stood there, people she knew, and those she didn’t, came to
speak with her and hug her.
They offered advice, and assured her that
events happened for a reason, and that possibly there would be some good that
would come out of even this.
“They destroyed the ground from under our
feet and smashed our hearts and souls,” she said.