Stand­ing Strong with Na­tiv Ha’Avot

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Edi­tor,

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. pm_eng@pmo.gov.il.

Sin­cerely, He­len Freed­man Co-Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Amer­i­cans for a Safe Is­rael/AFSI

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