Israelis begin rebuilding evacuated settlement

Monday, July 23, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Circumventing a Border Police net, hundreds of Israelis arrived at the uprooted northern Samaria (West Bank) settlement of Homesh overnight and began rebuilding the community.

An estimated 3,000 people set out for the ruins of Homesh on Sunday morning, though most were turned back at makeshift military checkpoints set up throughout the area to thwart the settlers' plans.

The few hundred who managed to weave their way through the security forces under the cover of darkness amazingly succeeded in building a water tower and the foundations of a new synagogue by Monday morning. By mid-morning, security officials were discussing how best to remove the hill's new occupants.

The “Homesh First” organization was recently founded as a grassroots response to the 2005 “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria, which saw 25 thriving Jewish communities destroyed. The group intends to rebuild Homesh as a first step toward the full reestablishment of the lost communities.

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