Peretz to order evacuation of disputed Hebron home

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered that settlers living in a home of disputed ownership receive evacuation orders on Wednesday in the Judean city of Hebron.

Peretz's decision came after Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz published an opinion that the occupation of the structure by settlers was illegal.

Maj.-Gen. Yosef Mishlevn is expected to be appointed to handle the evacuation.

While a timetable to complete the task is unclear, the defense minister hopes it would be a process of two weeks.

The Jewish community of Hebron objected to the decision and called on the government to stop what they referred to as the “anti-Semitic crime of removing Jews from their homes,” Israel Radio reported.

Oren Zach, one of the settlers who moved into the house, told Army Radio in an interview the sale was official and legal between settlers and a Palestinian. Police were still investigating ownership due to bureaucracy that complicates property dealings in the Judea and Samaria region.

Zach, however, reassured that the situation would not turn violent.

“We came to the building to build the land of Israel. This is a happy day for us, since we've merited to redeem another place in the city of the patriarchs.” **

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