Standing Strong with Nativ Ha’Avot
On Oct. 22, 2017, the Israeli Supreme Court handed down a dismissive, derisive, intolerable decision in the case of Nativ Ha'Avot, a community in the Gush Etzion region, declaring that its homes are to be destroyed by March 2018. All pleas, all possible accommodations, all concessions, as well as the Knesset's Regulation Law forbidding the destruction of Jewish settlements, have been swept aside by the Supreme Court with the cruel, demonic ruling that the homes must be destroyed.
Jewish Home Chair and Education Minister Natali Bennett is crusading for a "Basic Law on Legislation" which will include the "cessation clause." This will give the Knesset the ability to keep its laws from being annulled or overturned or ignored by the Supreme Court. We applaud his efforts. Bennett used the Supreme Court decision in the case of Nativ Ha'avot, as being "puzzling, and outrageous and causes unnecessary destruction with no logical purpose... There is a serious injustice here."
Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI will be visiting Nativ Ha'avot on its Chizuk mission this November. As we have done in Gush Katif, Ofra, and Amona, we will add our voices to those denouncing the absurd situation. We will join with the 17 families whose homes primarily are located on state land, with only a very small part touching a farming area whose ownership remains to be proven.
Udi Regonis, spokesman for the community, has stated, "We are alumni of Amona and Ofra.. We cannot tolerate the discrimination and prejudices demonstrated by the court...It's ridiculous, absurd and irrational."
We agree, and urge everyone to contact PM Netanyahu to voice outrage at this absurdity. email@example.com.
Sincerely, Helen Freedman Co-Executive Director Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI