Video published on Jan 8, 2018 by the Boomerang Fighting for Israel YouTube channel – More info on this video production pro-Israel NGO here – boomerangfight.com.
[Editor’s Note: A sample letter is provided below. Please consider copying and pasting the letter into your Congressional web contact page. SEE BELOW to TAKE ACTION NOW.]
Translation (from Hebrew) –
“Not far away in Netiv HaAvot, 17 homes…” (voice of Netanyahu)
Male Presenter: Netiv HaAvot – everything you wanted to know but hesitated to ask.
Male Presenter: Netiv HaAvot is a neighborhood in the town of Elazar which is about 10 minutes south of Jerusalem in Gush Etzion.
Male Presenter: The neighborhood was established in 2001 which makes it 16 years old. See him? (Young man stands with presenter) He was born here. Today, 42 families live here living their everyday lives just like everyone else. (Shows fully modern homes and families) You know, they go to work in the morning, eat supper in the evening, put the kids to bed. And when the State of Israel calls on them, they go to serve as Reserve Soldiers. (Shows homecoming of IDF officer) Sounds normal and normative, right? Almost.
Lady 1: Am I worse than a terrorist? That they plan to demolish my whole home?
Lady 2 (with husband and child): They want to demolish my home because of a small strip of land.
Lady 1: I’m a nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Room in Shaarei Tzedek, Jerusalem.
Lady 3: Why are they leaving me 5 kids with no home? (Shows picture of family of 7 together)
Man 1: The residents of Netiv HaAvot have been trying for 16 years to regularize the neighborhood.
Man 2 (with wife and children): We’ve been trying for years to get the State to regularize Netiv HaAvot. The State has been saying it WANTS to legalize Netiv HaAvot.
Man 1: We’ve been waiting 14 years for (a ruling on) regularization.
Man 2 (with wife and children): In 2014, when all the houses were already built, the State (of Israel) finally got around to the first step towards regularization and surveyed the land. (Shows aerial view of Netiv HaAvot). They found in the survey that 95% of Netiv HaAvot was built on State-owned land and 5%, in scattered sections, was not State-owned land. What they meant by that, it doesn’t necessarily belong to anyone.
Man 1: That’s what Judge Hayut said – it’s land that has the potential to belong to someone but doesn’t actually belong to anyone.
Man 2 (with wife and children): We have to change the people’s perception from the idea that when we came here, we crossed some kind of fence and banished some Arab farmer and uprooted his trees….
Lady 4 (with husband): Apparently we weren’t on anyone’s land. The day I find out I’m living on someone else’s land, is the day I get up and leave.
Man 1: If this had happened anywhere else – in Petach Tikva or Raanana – without a doubt there would have been compensation or land replacement. There are a thousand solutions in the laws of planning and construction to solve these problems and they are solved every day in Court.
Man 2 (with wife and children): The State (of Israel), unlike in other places (circumstances re: land rights), admits to the Court that this land does not belong to anyone and has legal ways to designate it as State Land… but it needs time… and the Court said, “NO, you’ve had enough time already.”
Man 1: It came to a point where people with houses a few centimeters or meters over that line are willing to completely move the house.
Lady 3: It’s right at the end of my house… in the kid’s room.
Lady 3’s young daughter: I’m even willing to give up my whole room.
Lady 3: I’m willing to demolish that piece… but why ruin the whole house?
Lady 4 (with husband): I think they didn’t even want to hear about that. They don’t care if its a meter or 40 centimeters.
Man 2 (with wife and children): So what do you want? Why demolish these homes?
Man 1: These things are solved every day! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Female Presenter: We demand that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and all other members of Government STOP THE DEMOLITIONS! The residents of Netiv HaAvot, and all residents of Judea and Samaria are citizens of the State of Israel and deserve equal rights.
Female Presenter: Our time is running out. They’re going to demolish our homes on March 6th (2018) and there is something you can do. Let’s regularize Netiv HaAvot NOW.
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Please consider copying and pasting the letter below into your Congressional web contact pages:
Dear Member of Congress,
We’re communicating with you out of deep concern for our relatives and friends in Israel threatened with the destruction of their communities by the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Initiated by well-financed anti-Jewish elements in Europe and the United States, non-governmental organizations have petitioned and won judgments from the Supreme Court to destroy the entire community of Netiv HaAvot, established nearly 20 years ago with government support. The court has ruled that certain homes in the community, located around 10 minutes south of Jerusalem, were built on farmland claimed by but never proved to belong to local Arabs. The court has rejected all offers of compromise, including demolishing sections of homes that intrude only meters within the farmland. Although the government supported the community, outlined building areas, installed infrastructure and collected taxes, officials have abandoned Jewish residents to the bulldozers of the police and military. The first stage of the plan is to demolish 15 homes imminently, followed by additional police and army operations that would eventually destroy a law-abiding community of nearly 500 people.
We are appealing to you to seek clarifications from Prime Minister Netanyahu, who met Netiv HaAvot residents three times and repeatedly pledged not to destroy Jewish communities around Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. The most troubling aspect is that the entire demolition campaign is based on U.S. military aid — including U.S.-made police and army vehicles, bulldozers and anti-riot equipment. They have been used repeatedly against unarmed civilians, a violation of the Arms Export Control Act, which authorizes the sale of U.S. defense articles and services for “legitimate self-defense.” Over the last few years, there have been several Jewish communities destroyed by Israeli forces with U.S.-made equipment. We believe that U.S. aid to Israel was never meant to hurt its citizens.
We wish to stress that we and our relatives in Netiv HaAvot are loyal citizens and enthusiastic supporters of the Jewish homeland. But we cannot keep quiet with a government policy meant to destroy scores of Jewish communities as well as the lives of their law-abiding residents. We appeal to you for immediate help.
(Hat tip to Steve Rodan for the sample letter)
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MORE INFO –
Bennett to Netanyahu: Save homes in Netiv Ha’avot
By Tovah Lazaroff
November 27, 2017 03:39
Right-wing politicians oppose the home demolitions, but have been hard pressed to offer the residents more than words of support.
Summer rally for the Netiv Ha’avot Outpost in front of the Knesset. (photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must act to save the 15 homes in the Netiv Ha’avot outpost slated for demolition in March, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday evening at an indoor protest event in the small Gush Etzion settlement.
“I call on the prime minister, if you want very much to save Netiv Ha’avot, we will support you, and we will stand behind you,” said Bennett, who heads the Bayit Yehudi party in the coalition.
He added that he had not given up hope that a solution could be found to stave off the demolitions.
Bennett was one of a number of right-wing ministers and politicians who spoke at the protest against a High Court of Justice order to demolish the homes after a land survey discovered that they were not built on state land.
The state intends to authorize the remaining 26 homes in the outpost.
Right-wing politicians oppose the demolition, but have been hard pressed to offer the residents more than words of support.
“I’m embarrassed because I have not succeeded in giving you want you want,” said MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) said.
“I am here to strengthen you, to lower my hat to you and to draw strengthen from you. We must make sure that nothing like this happens again,” he said.
Normalization and the application of sovereignty to the area, he added, was the best way to prevent “absurd” situations such as this one.
Likud MK Sharren Haskel said she was embarrassed to come because she did not know how to change the court decree. Looking to the future, she said, the best response must be the authorization of additional settlements.
MK Oren Hazan, meanwhile, said he believed politicians could make changes and should work to do so instead of throwing the gauntlet at the prime minister.
“Anyone who sits in the government today has a hand in this matter,” he said.
Other politicians who spoke included Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) and Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Gallant (Kulanu).
The HCJ ruling has made it difficult for politicians and the state to find a way to stave off the demolitions.
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