Final family pulled gently from Ulpana home (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 06/29/12)
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Yiska Fattal held her face in her hands and cried, as she sat for the
last time on her black living room sofa on Thursday night.
“I can’t do this,” she told two border police women who kneeled next
“Go slow,” suggested a policewoman.
“Slowly and with patience,” said a Border Police commander as he
stood next to them.
Night had fallen. From the Fattal family’s third-floor apartment in
the Ulpana outpost it was possible to see the twinkling lights of the
nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.
The other 32 families left peacefully, 17 earlier that day and 15 on
But already on Tuesday, Yiska and Yoel Fattal said they could not
walk out of their apartment.
They did nothing to pack up their threeroom home, with a front and
“If you want us to leave you have to take us out of here,” Yiska
Fattal told two workers in neon yellow vests who walked into her
living room in the late afternoon.
“We have been sent to help you,” said one of the men.
“We do not want to leave,” she replied.
As workers lugged boxes and furniture out of her neighbors’ apartment
she watched from the kitchen porch.
Earlier in the day, a Defense Ministry official came to speak with
her husband, but was given the same response.
As evening fell, neighbors came to sit with them, along with some
reporters and photographers.
People in the room began to whisper that the Border Police were on
As they entered the building, Yiska and Yoel Fattal went to sit on
their sofa. A few adults quickly shepherded children out of the
Male officers entered, followed by female police. They asked the
Fattals to leave and showed them a piece of paper with a legal order
that they do so.
“We do not want to leave,” Yoel and Yiska said.
“We do not want this to unpleasant,” a police commander said.
“We want it to be unpleasant,” Yiska replied.
Male police officers then tried to lift Yoel, who slid to the floor
by the sofa, as Yiska cried.
Four police then held him, gently, and carried him by his arms and
legs out of the room.
Two female police officers then walked Yiska out.
Police then cleared the stairwell of reporters, Ulpana residents and
hilltop youth who had gathered there.
In the evening, some 15 hilltop youths broke into an empty apartment
on the second floor of the same building.
Throughout the day, Ulpana residents thwarted attempts by hilltop
youth to physically resist the evacuation. Six people were arrested,
five men and one woman.
Ulpana spokesman Harel Cohen called the teens “anarchists.”
Police were able to quickly clear the apartment, as Defense Ministry
workers – with the help of Fattal family friends – began packing.
The High Court of Justice ordered the state to evacuate the five
structures by July 1 because they were built without permits on land
designated by the state as private Palestinian property.
The Defense Ministry plans to physically relocate the structures to
an authorized plot of land in Beit El, through a process that will
take a year.
In the interim families have moved into modular homes in Beit El
especially set up for them by the Defense Ministry. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 06/29/12)
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