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Soldiers’ home destroyed by IDF as they fought in Jenin, Gaza

Destroyed house in Mitzpe Nachshon, Photo credit: Honenu

Destroyed house in Mitzpe Nachshon, Photo credit: Honenu

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 8:12 On the morning of Wednesday, July 30 IDF and Israeli Police forces destroyed several structures, including homes, in a hilltop community near Tapuah. Several wooden shacks were destroyed and a vehicle which was serving as a residence was impounded. The forces also destroyed a cinder block house in its final stages of construction. The house was being constructed by the group of soldiers from Tapuah, two of whom are serving in Jenin, one of whom is in the IAF, another just completed four months of service in the K’fir brigade, and the fifth is currently serving in the Gaza Strip and is not yet aware that his home has been destroyed. All of the five soldiers had to struggle, some of them for years, in order to be accepted into combat units. The IDF and the Jewish Department of the GSS objected to their enlistment due to their ideological viewpoint and the criminal records which were opened against them at the time of the campaign against destroying Jewish communities and the Expulsion from Gush Katif. The group planned to found at the site, called Mitzpe Nachshon, a hilltop community that would strengthen the Jewish communities in the area. Destroying the hilltop, at the time of combat in Gaza and when the founders of the hilltop are serving in combat units, hurt them immensely. One of the soldiers posted on his personal Facebook wall, “Thank you dear State for destroying our home at the time we were fighting for your existence.” Despite the damages worth tens of thousands of shekels the soldiers plan to continue developing the site. During the destruction one of the residents of the hilltop community was detained – see video – and he will be brought on Thursday, July 31 to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court for a deliberation after being interrogated on suspicion of assaulting a policeman. A Honenu attorney will represent him. Other residents report on violent conduct by border policemen and a young woman who required medical treatment for an injury to her arm. Honenu responds: “It is unfortunate that particularly at a time of remarkable unity among the Nation of Israel, support for the soldiers fighting in the Gaza Strip and also the increase in Arab terror throughout Israel, that the army and the police chose to use valuable resources against Jewish residents of Yehuda and Shomron. The absurdity of the situation is even more pronounced when the homes destroyed are those of soldiers fighting for the security of Israel.”

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