Destruction of Houses in Neguhot -- Preparing to Rebuild For the Third Time



Sunday night, January 4th, at 1:00 AM, police and Yassam forces entered the community of Neguhot in the southern Hevron hills, and, like thieves in the night, went to the Beit Hakerem hill and ordered the Ben-David family to get dressed, and leave their home into the night cold. Once again, bulldozers destroyed their house, rebuilt only a month and a half after their original, beautiful home was destroyed. Two other homes, built nearby in solidarity with the Ben-David's, were also destroyed. Again, the families' household goods were scattered along the hilltop. The houses themselves, constructed of fiberboard panels, were turned into a muddy conglomerate. (Pictures can be seen on the Arutz Sheva Hebrew site. There you can see pictures of the Ben Davids first beautiful house, the bulldozer destroying that house and pictures of the simple houses rebuilt after the first destruction. The pictures are at the end of the Hebrew article.)

Yehudit Ben David called us early in the morning. This is what she told us.

"At around 1:00 in the morning we heard loud knocks on the door. 'Police, open the door!!' they shouted. We opened the door and saw the troops outside. 'We came to destroy your house. Get dressed and get out.' Then they cut off the electricity and the entire house was in the dark." Yehudit and her husband told the police that their six children were sleeping and they needed some time to get organized and wake up the children, etc. The policeman said: "I must come in and see if you are not lying and really have children sleeping here." The policeman came in with a flashlight and confirmed that there indeed were six children sleeping there, aged one year old to 12 years old. "Get them up and get out" he told the parents. Yehudit said, "But there is no light. You cut off the electricity. We can't see a thing. Can I at least get one of your flashlights? Each and every one of your policemen have flashlights. Give us one." The policeman refused.

Destruction of Houses in Neguhot
Bulldozing the home [© 2010 Arutz Sheva]
"Somehow we managed to get the kids up," says Yehudit. "Meanwhile Arabs who had been employed by the police entered our house and started taking out our possessions, simply throwing everything outside, on the muddy floor — the fridge, the mattresses, the linens, the books, the clothes.... After that the bulldozer came and destroyed our house and an additional two [houses] that belong to our neighbors."

"Luckily, on the nearby hill that is also part of Neguhot, where some ten families live, there was an empty caravan, and we temporarily moved in there till we can rebuild our house on the Bet Hakerem hill, for the third time. "The problem is," said Yehudit ben David, "that now the Beit Hakerem hill is empty and Arabs who come by foot from their village, kilometers away, approach the hill and steal our belongings. They grab whatever they can and walk back to their village far away. We must find a way of protecting the hill."

[The] Women in Green immediately organized a group of young men to stand guard at the hill and together we drove out to Neguhot. The scene of the destruction was heartbreaking. Just a few days ago we had come there to protest the fact that Arabs had thrown a Molotov cocktail against a bus, wounding an 18 year old girl. Instead of trying to catch the Arab terrorists, Israeli security forces were busy planning the destruction of the Ben David house.

Through the ugly stratagems of Defense Minister Barak and the deafening silence of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the power of the state continues to be mobilized against "enemies of the state" like the Ben-David's and their neighbors, whose "crime" is their desire to make their homes in the Land of Israel generally, and within the legal boundaries of their community of Neguhot specifically. They built their homes in a designated new neighborhood of Neguhot to prevent Arab squatters from expropriating their community's land, as is happening throughout the Negev and the Galil along with Judea and Samaria.

The spirit of these families won't be broken: they are ready to rebuild their houses anew. We, secure for now in our nice, warm homes, have to do our own mobilizing — of ourselves — to provide them with the resources to rebuild their homes for the third time.

We call on all lovers of the Land of Israel to contribute to the Yibane Fund, currently being established by Women In Green for building and settlement in the hills of Judea.

While organizing the launching of this fund, the destruction in Neguhot gave us an object lesson of the fund's purpose and necessity.

We can rebuild the houses destroyed in Neguhot within 10 to 14 days if we can collect the funding. It will take 100,000 NIS (some $30,000) to construct three new very basic structures.

The struggle over the future of the Land of Israel is being waged on the hilltops of Judea and Samaria.

We, with God's help and with your help, will ignore all anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish decrees and continue to build our Biblical homeland.

Please send your checks to:

Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green)
The Yibane Fund
P.O. Box 7352
Jerusalem 91072 Israel

For US tax deduction, please contact us by email at nmatar@netvision.net.il

For details, call Nadia Matar: 050-5500834,Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818, or Miriam Fleishman: 052-4295557. (from the United States, preface the numbers with 011-972)

[Written by: Nadia Matar (Women in Green) and Yehudit Katzover (The Committee for a Jewish Shdema)]
posted: January 07, 2010   |   permanent link  |  

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