Terror victim’s wife slams IDF over outpost razing

Outpost built in honor of terror victim demolished; settler leader says IDF violated deal to allow outpost during mourning period.

Evyatar outpost 370 (photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Evyatar outpost 370
(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Sophia Borovsky condemned the IDF on Friday for razing an outpost named for her husband, Evyatar, 31, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank Tuesday morning.
In an emotion-filled letter that was read out in her name at an afternoon rally at the junction, Borovsky called for the firing of the head of the IDF’s Central Command, Maj.- Gen. Nitzan Alon, who had ordered the outpost’s demolition, which was carried out early Friday morning.
Alon needed to be transferred to another position where his “lack of sensitivity can’t destroy people’s lives,” she said.
“I would like to believe that this miserable and ugly act, which was done even before Evyatar’s blood had dried, was done out of stupidity or a lack of understanding,” she wrote.
“But we all know that the head of Central Command is a wise man, and therefore I can only come to the conclusion that he has no heart.”
After the rally, settlers marched up to the site of the razed outpost, which had been created on Wednesday when Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika erected a large white tent and moved his office there for shiva, the sevenday mourning period.
Inside the tent were a table, refrigerator, fan, coffee table and several well-used sofas.
The council also constructed a one-room wooden structure for meetings and placed portapotties nearby.
Mesika said he had hoped to obtain permission to build a new settlement on the site, and that people would move there until such authorization was received. He claimed he had worked out an agreement with the IDF to allow the tent and wooden structure to remain at least until the end of the mourning period on Monday, and possibly through the end of the month.
But he said that at 4 a.m. on Friday, the IDF violated the agreement when it sent the Civil Administration and Border Police to destroy the structures.
A small group of settlers was sleeping at the site when the security forces arrived.
Mesika said he was scheduled to meet with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday to discuss the matter.
Avi Ro’eh, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, said he took the breach of the agreement very seriously.
“This kind of action is emotionally painful for the family and the settlers,” he said. “This lack of sensitivity on the part of decision-makers who destroyed the place during the shiva cries out to the heaven, particularly in light of the agreement to leave [the outpost] in place until the end of shiva.”
In a show of solidarity with Mesika, Ro’eh held a number of meetings at the outpost on Thursday.
Mesika blamed Alon for “cowardly actions” in the middle of the night at Evyatar. He accused him of strengthening terror by taking down roadblocks and relying on Palestinian Authority security services.
“The same person who has not succeeded in defending Jews and who is afraid to confront the PA is acting as a hero at the expense of Jews in mourning,” MK Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) said on Friday.
“Evyatar’s demolition last night is a response of contempt to the justified request to strengthen settlement in the area as the appropriate Zionist response to the murder.”
Struck called on Ya’alon to publicly state that he accepted this principle and then to act on it. She was the only parliamentarian who visited the site in a show of support.
The nearby Yitzhar settlement, where the Borovskys lived, said it was severing its ties with the IDF.