Friday October 24th 2014

Early Morning Demolitions in Binyamin

by Eitam Abadi

Large numbers of Border Patrol officers and Yassam special forces arrived in the Ramat Migron village early Friday morning to destroy several structures at the site.

Access roads were blocked during the demolition and Tatzpit┬áreported an unusually large Border Patrol presence in Israel’s disputed Binyamin region.

A total of five buildings were demolished, including one home, a Synagogue, the communal kitchen, a building housing single women and another housing single men.

The area was declared a closed military zone and seven villagers had been barred from the area by administrative orders prior to the demolition, among them the father of the family whose home was destroyed.

Four teenagers, three males and one female were arrested for entering the area despite the order.

After the demolition and arrests at Ramat Migron, security forces moved north to the nearby youth village of Oz Tzion and destroyed two homes. Two minors were arrested for civil disobedience.

Homes in Ramat Migron and Oz Tzion have on several occasions been destroyed by authorities and later rebuilt by local villagers and their supporters.