JPost Settlers protest razing of 'Evyatar' outpost
JPost Fri, May 3, 2013
The Jerusalem Post
Settlers protest razing of 'Evyatar' outpost
Outpost built in honor of terror victim demolished; settler leader says IDF violated deal to allow outpost during mourning period.
Settlers plan to protest the IDF’s demolition early Friday morning of their newly created outpost built in memory of Evyatar Borovsky, 31, who was stabbed to death at the Tapuah junction on Tuesday.
The nearby Yitzhar settlement where Borovsky lived, said it was severing its ties with the IDF.
At 1:30 p.m. the Samaria Regional Council was scheduled to hold an afternoon prayer service, Minchah, at the junction, after which they will march to a nearby hilltop, where on Wednesday they had built a new outpost named Evyatar.
Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika had placed a large white tent at the site, and moved its office there for the seven-day mourning period.
Inside the tent were a table, a refrigerator, a fan, a coffee table and some beaten up sofas.
Separately, the council had also constructed a one room wooden structure for a meeting room, as well as placed porta-potties near by.
Mesika said he had hoped to obtain permission to build a new settlement there and had hoped people would move there until such authorization was received.
In the interim, however, he said he had worked out an agreement with the IDF to allow the tent and the one room meeting house, to remain until the end of the mourning period on Monday and possibly through out the month.
But at 4 a.m. Friday, he said, the IDF violated that agreement when it sent the Civil Administration and the Border Police to destroy the two structures.
A small group of settlers were sleeping at the site, when the security forces arrived.
Avi Ro’eh who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, said he took the breach of this agreement, as well as the demolition of the outpost, very seriously.
“This kind of action is emotionally painful for the family and the settlers,” he said.
“This lack of sensitivity on the part of decision makers who destroyed the place during shiva (the mourning period) cries out to the heaven, particularly in light of the agreement to leave [the outpost] in place until the end of shiva,” he said.
In a show of solidarity with Mesika, Ro’eh had held a number of meetings at the outpost on Thursday.
Mesika blamed the IDF’s head of Central Command, Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon for the“cowardly actions” in the middle of the night at Evyatar.
He accused Alon of strengthening terror by taking down roadblocks and relying on Palestinian Authority security services.
“The same person who has not succeeded in defending Jews and who is afraid to confront the PA, is acting as a hero at the expense of Jews in mourning.”
MK Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) said, “Evyatar’s demolition last night is a response of contempt to the just request to strengthen settlement in the area as the appropriate Zionist response to the murder.”
She called on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to publicly state that he accepts this principle and then to act on it.
Struck was the only parliamentarian who visited the site in a show of support this week