Security forces evacuate 'Palestinian' squatters from E-1
The IDF and the Israeli police have evacuated the 250 'Palestinian' squatters and 25 journalists
who had set up an illegal outpost in the E-1 corridor between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim.
They completed the evacuation around an hour later, with no arrests or
injuries reported. Those protesters who refused to leave were carried
down the hill by officers, but there was no violence.
"Everyone was evacuated carefully and swiftly, without any injuries
to officers or protesters," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
to the evacuation, the state had appealed to the High Court of Justice,
asking the court to rescind a temporary injunction it issued on Friday,
saying that failure to evacuate immediately will lead to riots in the
I have serious doubts that action would have been taken so quickly were it not for the fact that we are engaged in an election campaign and that the Prime Minister has strong challengers both within and outside his party. In fact, I think that the following had a lot to do with the speed with which the government moved.
On Saturday night, MKs Michael Ben-Ari and Arieh Eldad, who are running
for reelection with the Strong Israel party, said that unless the
outpost was taken down over night, they planned to head to the area on
Sunday to hold an election meeting. They called on Netanyahu to stop
talking, and to start building in Judea and Samaria.
Bibi was probably afraid of that more than anything else.
Labels: E-1, IDF, Israel police, Palestinians, Supreme Court