Israel to destroy home of war hero's widow and orphans?Roi Klein (pictured with his wife and children) HY"D - may God avenge his blood - was killed in the Battle of Bint Jbeil three years ago when he fell on a grenade to save his men. Klein lived in the Samarian town of Eli, as did another soldier in his unit who was killed in the same battle. He was 31 years old.
Jameel translates and blogs a Maariv report (link in Hebrew) that indicates that Klein's widow and children may have their home destroyed by the government to abide by the 'Supreme Court's and President Obama's edicts to destroy 'illegal outposts.' And their home is not even located in an outpost!
The Yovel neighborhood is built on a South East hilltop in Eli. According to Eli residents, the neighborhood appears on the official and approved building plan of the community. The first homes were built in 1998 during Israel's 50th anniversary -- HaYovel is a translation for 50th anniversary. Israel's ministry of housing prepared the neighborhood's infrastructure, and the Jewish Agency built some of the 11 homes, now scheduled for destruction by the High Court's decsion.Read the whole thing.
"We are not an outpost, we are a neighborhood of Eli," said Tamar Asraf, whose home is also scheduled for destruction. The homes are legal, built on State lands and not built on lands taken from private people. We have all the legal building permits and we pay taxes to Israel. All the residents here are law abiding citizens. The time has come for the State to embrace us instead of treating us with revulsion."
It ended up taking months to destroy the home of Alaa Abu Dheim, the terrorist who murdered eight young yeshiva boys in March 2008. But the government will quickly approve the destruction of the home of the widow and orphans of a man who gave his all to this country and who died so that others might go on living.
Something is really sick here.