Settlers claim police destroyed religious objects in Yeshiva evacuation

Police forces ruined the ark, tore down a tent and confiscated electrical equipment violently, according to a representative from the Yeshiva.

Destroyed religious objects after the Homesh Yeshiva evacuation (COURTESY).
Border Police and Israel Police forces destroyed an ark and religious texts on Monday while evacuating the Homesh Yeshiva illegally housed in a tent at the site of the former Homesh settlement in the Samaria region of the West Bank.
The police forces ruined the ark, tore down a tent and confiscated electrical equipment violently, according to a Homesh Yeshiva representative.
Yeshiva representatives went on to say that this is the second time in two weeks that the yeshiva has been forcibly cleared, adding that during the previous evacuation, police forces destroyed the personal belongings of the students including religious texts.
“The yeshiva has been in the same place for 14 years and believes in ‘never giving up’ from the mitzvah of settling the land or studying Torah. We will continue to learn and teach the love of the land and Torah in Homesh in any condition,” said the representative.
Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said that he was shocked by the incident.
“This is an abnormal event,” he said. “There have been many evacuations and there will probably be many more until the settlement is rebuilt, still there is no reason or explanation for these types of pictures. I expect the incident will be thoroughly examined.”
In response to the event, Chief Rabbi David Lau addressed Defense Minister Benny Gantz in a letter expressing his shock at the images of religious objects being desecrated.
“The pictures of a ruined ark and religious texts rolling around on the floor are not worthy of the Jewish state and these scenes must not repeat themselves. I will not get into the considerations that led you to evacuate the area, I am only addressing the manner of the evacuation that caused intense harm to holy objects.”
Homesh is one of four Samaria settlements the IDF destroyed in 2005 as part of the Disengagement plan. The demolition included a yeshiva that was housed at Homesh. Over the years there has been a persistent attempt to keep a modular yeshiva the site.