Yesha People Still Under Administrative Keep-Out Orders
15:13 Nov 29, '06 / 8 Kislev 5767
by Hillel Fendel
Eran S. and his wife, parents to a five-month-old daughter, have been forced to leave their home in the Lehava neighborhood of Yitzhar in the Shomron and move to Jerusalem. The reason: Eran, together with nearly 20 other young residents of the Shomron, suddenly received a military order several weeks ago preventing him from living in his home. No reason was given, and the General Security Service says the "evidence" against him is too secret and potentially dangerous to be publicized to anyone.
The Land of Israel Forum claims in its Supreme Court suit that the order, "which restricts the freedom of an Israeli citizen as an administrative measure," is illegal in that it may be handed down only by virtue of a Knesset law - and not by order of the IDF Commander of the Central District.
The orders are in fact signed by O.C. Central Commander Maj.-Gen. Ya'ir Naveh.
The Forum claims that "whenever the government finds itself in a dead end security-wise, diplomatically and/or internationally," the Jewish settlers of Judea and Samaria become the national "punching bag" and bear the brunt of "new, sudden plans to evacuate and destroy outposts and issue exaggeratedly-restrictive orders."
Banned From Home
Over the past few months, 20 activist Jews from various outpost neighborhoods in Judea and Samaria have received orders keeping them out of the entire region. The orders are for between three and six months. Some of the men have families with up to five children, and some have no relatives outside Yesha.
The expelled residents and many of their neighbors feel that the government is merely trying to pave the way for the destruction of the outposts and neighborhoods in which they live, and weaken the local morale in general.
Among them are:
* Ariel Gruner, 21, married + 1, whose orders kept him bound to a house in an unfamiliar, secular Jordan Valley community were to expire next week. He has already received his new orders: a three-month ban on entering Judea and Samaria.
* Meir Bertler, whose wife is expecting their second child any day, who was distanced for a half-year from his home in the Bayit HaAdom (Red House) near Shilo.
* Boaz Albert of Hilltop 725 in Yitzhar, married with five children, who was distanced from his home for a full year.
* Yehoyariv Meguri of the young Ronen neighborhood in Brachah, married with one child, distanced for a full year and currently forced to live in the north.
One of the youngest of the 20 is Elad Keller, aged 19, who has been in prison for six weeks - because he refuses to agree to what he calls the "unjust and undemocratic" orders to throw him out of his home and yeshiva. A resident of Maon, with his parents, in southern Judea, and a student in the Yitzhar yeshiva in Samaria, he has refused to sign the orders keeping him away from both places - and has therefore been placed in jail "until the end of the proceedings" against him.
Elad was violently arrested - receiving bruises on his neck and above his eye - and thrown into jail in mid-October.
As Elad explained in court at the time, "A group of policemen came into my house one morning suddenly, telling me I have to leave Yesha. I asked why, and they said, 'Because.'"
Elad's mother Ruth said, "An injustice has clearly been done, and we support our son in whatever decision he makes. He could, if he want, simply sign the orders and agree to stay out of Yesha - but he refuses to cooperate with such injustice." She and her husband Ben-Tzion and several other parents of sons in similar situations have gotten together and are working on various fronts to bring the issue to the public consciousness.
"Knesset Members from several parties have gotten together," Ruth said, "with each one 'adopting' one of our sons. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), for instance, has adopted our son, and he visited Elad in jail, for which we are very appreciative."
Recently, then-Acting Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit promised, as did Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh, to personally look into all the cases. They made the promises in a Knesset session on the matter initiated by MK Uri Ariel. However, an aide to Ariel told Arutz-7 today that no results of any such reviews have yet been received from them.
The aide said that MK Ariel is now preparing legislation that would ban such orders from being signed by IDF generals, and would require them to be issued only by the Defense Minister.
Maj.-Gen. Naveh, who signed the distancing orders and can rescind them, can be faxed at 08-8680240; from abroad, the number is (+972)-8868-0240.
Israel's betrayal of the Jews continues...Why am I not surprised? Because the UNJews also treat Christian-Zionists hatefully and only love those who hate them and want to destroy Israel. I know, since they unjustly deported me, as brought out in Israel's Unjust Deportation of David Ben-Ariel.
This whole travesty of justice against faithful Jews reminds me of:
Is Administrative Detention for Israelis Just?