Amona Residents Tortured by Government Decisions, Agreements, and Violations

(This is what the world is complaining about?)

The community of Amona in the Shomron has not been much in the news these past few weeks, but the quiet is ending, and ending fast:
1. Arabs in the Shomron have petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court to cancel the agreement agreed to by the government and residents of Amona to relocate the residents to property adjacent to Amona. Arabs petition High Court against Amona zoning
To the great dismay of many, the court agreed and issued an injunction this past Mondaytemporarily freezing the construction of new homes for the residents of Amona, and forbidding the State from carrying out any work on the plots set aside for the construction. Supreme Court freezes Amona outline
2. Naturally, the residents of Amona protested this ruling:
The leaders of the town of Amona in Samaria penned a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Nafatli Bennett Sunday, protesting the fact that the government did not abide by the agreement with the residents to provide alternate housing on the same hill in return for their pledge to be evacuated peacefully.

The residents wrote that they will initiate a new campaign against the impending demolition of their homes, which according to the agreement reached last month and which was approved by the Supreme Court must take place by February 8. They wrote that the only solution which would prevent the destruction of their homes would be to enact the Regulation Law to retroactively legalize the construction.

Amona residents: Government violated agreement

Amona’s Chief Rabbi also protested the ruling and issued warnings if the Amona residents are not relocated as per the agreement:
Last night, residents of Amona held an emergency meeting during which they announced the renewal of their public battle to prevent their eviction from their homes, after the agreement with the government to prevent the eviction hit a snag.
Amona Council Head Avichai Boaron stated, “We have no choice but to renew our fight to prevent the destruction of Amona.”
3. In light of the government’s failure to provide alternative housing for the Amona residents, Education Minister Naftali Bennett called for the government to finally approve the Regulation Law before the expected expulsion of the residents in two weeks.
So, this is where we currently stand. Will the government abide by its agreement to relocate the residents of Amona to an adjacent area, or will they renege, and G-d forbid be responsible for potentially violent protests as was seen in Amona in February, 2006? Time is running short.

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