Watching the evacuation of the 42 families, including 200 children, from Amona (“Amona evacuation meets violent resistance,” February 2), I was reminded of my childhood some 75 years ago.
My father was arrested by the Gestapo in Innsbruck, Austria. After his interrogation, he was threatened that if he did not leave the country within 24 hours, he would be sent to the Dachau concentration camp. He fled, and I fled with my mother to Italy, where later we were joined by my father.
We survived as refugees.
Later, we fled to Cyprus and were evacuated to Palestine on the way to eastern Africa. We were 432 Jewish war refugees, of whom 10 to 15 are still alive.
I have hoped and wished all my life that Holocaust and war refugees, and evacuations, should not be repeated irrespective of race or color. I very much feel for Amona’s 200 children as to how they will cope in the future.
Amona is the second self-inflicted heartbreak the people of Israel have gone through in 12 years. First, Gush Katif. Now Amona.
On a very simple, human level, where were the members of the Supreme Court when the residents of Amona were being removed? Safe in their warm homes, eating good food. Not one justice showed any compassion for the families thrown out on a freezing night. How can they sleep soundly? Aren’t we brothers to one another? Are these justices from a different race of beings? The government made a deal with the people of Amona, but it didn’t work out. Is the government helping to find shelter, food and care for these poor, unfortunate people who listened to the government and agreed to leave? That government has an enormous responsibility to help, for it acted very foolishly.
What happened in Amona was something I thought would never happen again in the Land of Israel. We must go on and build, build, build.
Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger who on Wednesday rejected the government outline by which the Amona residents would be evacuated peacefully in return for alternative housing nearby, on the same day ruled against the evacuation of Arabs from their illegal houses built on private land belonging to Jews in Beit Hanina, in eastern Jerusalem, Yehuda Yifrach, head of the Makor Rishon legal desk, reported Friday.
Source: JewishPress About Peace Now Judges.
"Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor and Justice Yitzchak Amit rejected an appeal to delay by three months the destruction of five of the nine houses in Ofra, despite Supreme Court Deputy President Elyakim Rubinstein's support of the request.”
"It would be worthy to grant mercy, and prevent 22 children from undergoing a double trauma," Rubinstein noted. "In any case, there is no Palestinian who is waiting to build on this land right now and who would be harmed by the delay. Source: ArutzSheva