Settlers: No one will break our spirit (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Latest Update: 06.26.12, 10:55)
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Eviction of Beit El´s contested Ulpana neighborhood underway by Civil
Administration. Settlers pledge no violence, vow: ´God willing, we
will rebuild homes´
The eviction of Uplana, the contested neighborhood in the West Bank
settlement of Beit El, began Tuesday morning, bringing an end to a
tumultuous legal battle over its future.
Defense Ministry bulldozers, movers and contractors arrived at the
settlement in the early morning hours to oversee the process.
The High Court-ordered, government-backed eviction will include the
relocation of 33 of the neighborhood´s families, 16 of which are to
Some 100 Defense Ministry officials, divided into teams, paired up
with the families in order to offer them the logistic assistance
necessary. "We are doing everything in our power to ease this
difficult process for the families," a defense source told Ynet.
Defense establishment officials said that the eviction and relocation
process of all families is expected to be completed by Friday.
Beit El Rabbi Zalman Melamed led a morning prayer service ahead of
the eviction: "God willing, there will be an even bigger neighborhood
here. We will return to these homes and the land of Israel will be
rebuilt," he told the worshippers.
Ahead of the relocation, which will see five contested buildings
moved several hundred yards away to Beit El´s military base, the
defense establishment had caravillas shuttled to the settlement.
The settlers have pledges a clam eviction, but at least four of the
families said they would mount "peaceful resistance" vis-à-vis IDF
soldiers and Civil Administion officers who are slated to carry out
According to the settlers, Rabbi Melamed – who was instrumental in
brokering the settlers´ consent to the move – said that peaceful
resistance did not contradict the agreement struck with the
Security officials said that they were aware of plans to passively
resist the eviction, and have made sure to clear all rocks and tires
placed in the area as part of the early "resistance plan" and in an
effort to prevent the situation from deteriorating.
Tents erected in the eviction path have also been removed.
IDF forces in the sector have been placed on high alert ahead of
possible retaliation or "price tag" acts by settlers.
Many of the residents assisting the families moving were sporting
black shirts reading "Ulpana – We´ll be Back," and "Expelled."
"This is a personal moment of grief, I´m in mourning," an Ulpana
resident told Ynet. Our hearts are broker, but we will hold our heads
up high. No one will break our spirit." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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