Border Police evacuate huts on West Bank Homesh hilltop

Border Police evacuated a number of huts and tents with families on the Homesh hilltop where the family of terror victim Yehuda Dimentman lives.

Israeli Border Police evacuate modular building on the West Bank Homesh hilltop. (Credit: Homesh Yeshiva)

Border Police evacuated a number of huts and tents with families on the West Bank hilltop community of Homesh early Tuesday morning and cut the electricity to the illegal religious seminary that is located there.

"What is burning that they [security forces] have to destroy family structures that protected children from the rain?" asked Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

"What is this obsession to destroy the yeshiva's electrical system?" he asked.

The move comes less than a day after Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that he wanted to act in "the most sensitive manner possible" with respect to the family of 25-year-old terror victim Yehuda Dimentman.

A student at the Homesh Yeshiva, Dimentman was killed as he left the school on December 16. His family has asked Bennett to authorize the yeshiva and to rebuild the Homesh settlement destroyed in 2005 in the aftermath of the Gaza pullout.

 Israeli Border Police evacuate modular building on the West Bank Homesh hilltop. (credit: HOMESH YESHIVA) Israeli Border Police evacuate modular building on the West Bank Homesh hilltop. (credit: HOMESH YESHIVA)

Gantz is expected to demolish the yeshiva, which opened in Homesh in 2002 and which was re-established illegally after its demolition in 2005. 

On December 24, security forces also demolished a number of modular structures at the site.

The original settlement was built on private Palestinian property that belongs to the village of Burqa. The High Court of Justice has upheld the right of the Palestinians in Burqa to farm their land.

On Monday, the left-wing group Yesh Din reported that settlers and or Jewish extremists vandalized a number of homes in Burqa and smashed tombstones in its cemetery. 

On Sunday, Dagan and MK Yuli Edelstein inaugurated the Knesset Caucus Homesh First, designated to re-establish Homesh and the three other northern Samaria settlements destroyed during the 2005 Disengagement. The other three – Ganim, Kadim, and Sa-Nur – were all built on state land.