Ulpana settlers march on Jerusalem (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 06.04.12, 12:59)
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Hundreds of Beit El neighborhood´s residents march towards capital in
protest of impending eviction. ´We´re people, not puppets,´ they say
Hundreds of settlers from Ulpana began marching from the Beit El
neighborhood towards Jerusalem on Monday, in protest of their
The marchers, most of them teenage girls, plan to march the protest
tent set up outside the High Court of Justice in Jerusalem, where
dozens of Ulpana residents are staging a hunger strike.
Ulpana resident Yoel Fatal told Ynet that "We demand that the prime
minister put a stop to the (political) spins devised at the expense
of the neighborhood. We refused to be evicted.
"We are people, not puppets. Passing the settlement regulation bill
is the only possible solution."
The settlement regulation bill aims to resolve the contested status
of five of Ulpana´s homes, by giving them retroactive permits.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his plan for
the relocation of the contested houses to a military zone located
several hundreds yards away, within Beit El´s limits.
Netanyahu said he opposed the bill, which is meant to circumvent a
High Court ruling ordering Ulpana´s eviction.
The plan is still pending the approval of Attorney General Yehuda
Weinstein. Senior legal sources told Ynet that the current proposal
was riddled with legal issues, most notably, the use of a military
zone for civilian housing purposes.
The Knesset is set to vote on the settlement regulation bill on
Wednesday. MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), who drafted the bill,
said that should it fail to pass the House vote, he will recommend
his faction to resign from the Coalition.
Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced Monday that he
will support the bill.
"This is a matter of conscience, a matter of the utmost importance. I
expect that (the Knesset) will have a heated debate on the vote, but
we will make sure to maintain the order and will not let the session
be overrun by emotions.
"The decision will be final and mandatory," he added. "We must make
sure that the bill serves the interests of justice. You can´t right a
wrong be creating a new wrong." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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