Migron home demolition 2011 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The government recently decided to back the High Court of Justice ruling to
evacuate the community of Migron by August 1, 2012. Per an agreement facilitated
between Minister Bennie Begin and the residents of Migron, the community will be
re-located just 2 km. away from its current site.
rationale for tearing down a Jewish community over the so-called Green Line only
to rebuild it almost literally just down the road is that the land on which
Migron stands is, according to a 2006 petition filed by Peace Now, privately
owned Arab land.
The ruling ignores the fact that Migron was established
with government support to the tune of NIS 4.3 million, provided by the Housing
Ministry a decade ago. The ruling also ignores that according to Migron
residents, they have yet to see reliable evidence in court that Arabs own the
Gidon Rosenfeld, who lives with his family in Migron, says “the
area was abandoned State Land and therefore it should be permissible for the
residents to remain in their homes.”
Community spokesman Itai Chemo
concurs that proof of Arab ownership doesn’t exist, and says that Peace Now
filed their petition because he says in their view “all Jewish communities in
Judea and Samaria are obstacles to the establishment of Palestinian
In fact it is Peace Now’s reaction to the ruling which proves
that Chemo is on target. While the organization celebrated the court’s order to
move the community, executive director Yariv Oppenheimer told this newspaper
that “he hoped the government would change its mind with regard to authorizing
new Migron homes near the Psagot winery.”
Since there is zero doubt that
the winery is on state land, the fact that Oppenheimer is against
re-establishing the homes there shows that the case of Migron is in fact not a
story of he said, she said, in regard to a specific plot of land, but a symbol
whose fate is tied to fate of the future of every Jewish home in every community
throughout Judea and Samaria.
That then-Opposition head Tzipi Livni
(recently defeated in her party primary), like Oppenheimer, also is against
rebuilding Migron, since she says it is immoral to move families to a new
location only to evacuate them in a future peace deal with the Palestinians,
confirms this very sad truth.
On the surface it might seem that Livni is
the ultimate humanitarian whose only concern minimizing the trauma suffered by
these loyal Israeli citizens. But if that were the case, she would have
been an adamant opponent of the near-sighted 2005 Gaza expulsion, in which some
families who had arrived in Gaza after being kicked out of Yamit, were also
forced to move a second time around.
The truth is, though, that Livni is
unabashedly in favor of evacuating communities in Judea and Samaria as part of
the nearly 20- year old failed “peace process,” which has yet to bare any signs
of true peace.
It’s important to remember that Migron and the other
communities in the Binyamin area located along route 60 including Beit El, Ofra,
Eli, Shilo are all located on the other (eastern) side of the security fence.
Thus I fear that without doubt under our current leadership all of these
communities are susceptible to dismantlement down the road.
It makes no
difference that thousands of Jewish families live in these communities, while
Migron is only home to 60 families. In the end, in the view of those who
want to implement a racist policy of “no Jews allowed,” it’s not about numbers,
it’s about location.
Since former prime minister Ariel Sharon built the
fence, government officials have always differentiated between Jewish
communities in Judea and Samaria, dubbing towns west of the fence “consensus”
communities, while the fate of those on the eastern side always seemed up in the
But like Migron located to the east, residents to the west should
also be concerned.
Simply listening to what our so-called peace partners
in the Palestinian Authority are saying makes it crystal clear, as they have
never differentiated between places like Ma’ale Adumim, Gush Etzion, or Yitzhar
and Har Bracha. They are all referred to as being “illegal settlements” and
therefore are all seen as belonging to a future Palestinian state.
eastern (and northern, and southern) parts of Jerusalem fit into that category
as well. In other words, the reality is that they will never accept any Israeli
offer which includes even one so-called “settlement,” thus proving that
negotiations with the PA are futile.
While Sharon backtracked from his
well-known statement that “as goes Netzarim, so goes Tel Aviv,” in order to
implement his disengagement plan debacle, it’s time for Israelis to realize, “as
goes Migron, so goes all of Judea and Samaria,” and eventually the rest of the