Netanyahu asked Barak to delay evacuation of Hebron house (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid 04/03/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Defense Minister Ehud
Barak to postpone the evacuation of settlers who took over a house in
the Arab part of the West Bank city of Hebron last week.
According to officials in Netanyahu´s office, the prime minister
asked Barak "to allow the settlers to pursue action through legal
The prime minister´s office did not say so directly, but Netanyahu´s
comment to Barak means the delay of the evacuation of the settlers,
which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 3 P.M.
A defense official said that that the Israel Defense Forces will
allow the settlers to prove that the house is legally theirs by
Tuesday at 3 P.M.
"If they do not succeed to prove it, the defense establishment will
then enforce the law based on its judgment," he said, adding that the
IDF will enforce the law, but the question of when will be based on
Earlier Monday, the IDF has issued an eviction order for the
settlers. According to the order, the settlers have until Tuesday at
3:00 PM to evacuate the house on their own will, after which "the
authorities will act to restore the building to its previous state."
The security establishment has called the takeover a provocation, and
says that the settlers´ presence in the house constitutes a public
disturbance. However, the move has won the support of some
The settlers said they purchased the property legally. Their
representatives showed records of the deal on Sunday, including money
transfers, to Military Advocate General staff.
The house is located in a closed military zone, but Jewish community
activists come and go freely through the area.
A key figure in the land purchase is Assaf Nehmad, a former Shin Bet
security service man, who speaks Arabic and helps settlers purchase
land from Arab owners who may be unwilling to sell to someone they
know is Jewish.
Nehmad owns 99 percent of the company that purchased the house, Al-
Aydun al-Akarat, which he founded in 2010 when the settlers first
started trying to buy the house.
According to material presented Sunday to the Military Advocate
General´s staff, the house was registered to two Palestinians, one of
whom bequeathed ti to a Palestinian man by the name of Hosni al-
Tamimi. Tamimi sold it to a front man for the settlers, Mohammed Abu-
Shahala, who sold it to Al-Aydun.
Sources in Hebron said that Abu-Shahala, who is originally from Gaza,
was an officer in the Palestinian Authority security forces, which is
how he got to the West Bank. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/03/12)
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