The IDF order for West Bank Hebron settlers to leave an apartment building in their city amounts to a distortion of justice and discrimination, the head of the Council of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said Monday.
"The request to evacuate the 'Beit Hamachpela' (House of the Patriarchs) after its purchase was reviewed and deemed sound is a total distortion of justice, and intolerable discrimination," Dani Dayan said via a written statement. "It carries the name of security in vain," he charged.
The IDF has ordered the Jewish settlers to leave the building by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, giving the settlers 24 hours to evacuate the home.
Dayan compared the situation in Hebron to that of the Migron outpost, where the High Court of Justice ordered the state to evacuate settlers living there because they were occupying land classified as belonging to private Palestinians.
"In Migron they explained to us that the right to property is sacred... but when the owners are Jews, then all of this is forgotten," Dayan said.
Dayan rejected the IDF's claim that the Jewish settler presence in the Hebron building disturbs the public order, noting that Land Day - an Israeli Arab and Palestinian day of protest against Israeli land expropriation - passed by without incident.
"It turns out, again, that all this talk about justice and security are a veil for harassing Jewish settlement," he said. Read the full story here