Gov´t set to meet over Hebron settler home eviction (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 04/03/12)
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The government was set to meet at 6:00 p.m. to hammer out the details
surrounding the controversial purchase of a Hebron apartment complex
in a Palestinian neighborhood by Jewish settlers, potentially paving
the way to rescind an overdue IDF eviction order.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu confirmed the meeting as he briefly
addressed the proposed evacuation of Beit Hamachpela (House of the
Patriarchs), saying the government was currently holding off the
eviction as the facts of the case were being examined.
"I am coordinating with the defense minister. I asked him to hold off
on the evacuation so we can check the matter, and that is what we are
doing," Netanyahu stated during a speech marking three years of his
The IDF did not move immediately to evacuate 15 Jewish families from
the three-story Hebron apartment building at 3 p.m. Tuesday, the time
given for its residents to voluntarily leave or risk a forced removal.
At 6 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to hold a
ministerial meeting on the issue of the building, called Beit
Hamachpela (House of the Patriarchs).
Politicians and settlers have speculated that little will happen in
Hebron until after the meeting.
A spokesman for the 15 families who moved into the vacant building on
Thursday Shlomo Levinger came outside to speak with the media shortly
before 3 p.m.
“We are not getting ready to leave,” he said. “We are busy getting
ready for Passover.”
Dani Dayan who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea,
Samaria and the Gaza Strip joined Levinger briefly.
“Why should there be an evacuation?” he said.
Levinger has told the media, including The Jerusalem Post, that Jews
from Hebron purchased the structure from its Palestinian owner.
Security sources have said that the sale is legitimate but they are
checking to make sure if the Palestinian who sold it to the settlers
had the authority to do so.
In its evacuation order issued Monday the Civil Administration said
that the settlers had not sought the necessary permits to
authenticate the sale and to reside in the structure.
Levinger said that the last documents needed to request such permits
were turned in today.
But in its evacuation order the civil administration said permits
were not the only issues. The settlers’ presence in the apartment
building could upset the fragile status quo in the city between
Israelis and Palestinians and create friction between the two groups,
the administration said.
The building is located in a Palestinian neighborhood in a section of
Hebron under Israeli military control. It is situated across a small
park from the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Border police have cordoned off the building. Only members of the 15
Jewish families and politicians have been allowed to go in and out.
Even reporters have been kept at bay. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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