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Ahead of a High Court order to evacuate the illegal outpost of Migon by Tuesday, Israeli police carried out the evacuation in the West Bank today. Migron was built on land stolen from Palestinian owners.

The price tag youth who were in the colony are only moving a few miles away to another hilltop.

Jerusalem Post:

Last month 17 of the families petitioned the High Court to remain, claiming they had bought the land.

The court rejected that claim, but said that the structure on lot 10 could remain until the investigation into the purchase claim was completed.

In the days leading up to the evacuation, Migron residents held multiple meetings seeking consensus on how the community should respond to the order.

In the end, they agreed that each family should decide for themselves how they wanted to leave.

Binyamin Regional Council deputy head Motti Yogevn said that some 12 to 15 families had vacated quietly overnight.

He added that they had gone briefly to the nearby Ofra settlement and from there they planned to move to a new modular site prepared for them, two kilometers away from Migron by the Psagot winery.

During the night several dozen teen activists headed to the outpost. Some placed stones and tires across the entryway to the outpost, to bar the military vehicles. But by dawn the road was cleared.

As the sun rose, Migron residents recited the morning service in the synagogue.

Many of them had painted graffiti on the side of their homes, with slogans that said, “Migron we shall return” and “the eternal people does not fear the long road.”

One anti-Likud graffiti stated: “Begin = Sinai [evacuation], Sharon = Gush Katif [Gaza], Bibi = Migron. Only the Likud can.”

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  1. Mndwss on September 2, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Is that the new Jesus in a read shirt with his 4 disciples?

    Oh god hold my pants up…..

    If they fall down i may have to visit Maria Magdalena when i am horny….

  2. chinese box on September 2, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I love the JPost term “evacuation”, as if these people were somehow victims in danger, instead of being the aggressors.

    • Krauss on September 3, 2012, 10:12 am

      This moves beyond even that.

      These people are not being evicted.

      Bibi himself said that they will build an identical colony just a few hundred meters away. So much for ‘evicition’.

      He also said that ‘we continue to support uand strengthen the settlement enterprise of Judea and Samaria’.

      That means the whole of the West Bank. They’re about to officially admit Ariel University into the fold, thereby cementing Ariel and it’s status as a legitimate Israeli settlement outpost cutting deep into Palestinian territory.

      This is just a show for the goys.

      • seanmcbride on September 3, 2012, 11:31 am

        Likud is officially committed to the messianic plan of constructing Eretz Yisrael — nothing has changed.

      • annie on September 3, 2012, 1:58 pm

        yep

  3. Walid on September 2, 2012, 3:36 pm

    Less than a week ago Netanyahu pledged to annex the Gush Etzion string of 22 settlements and its WB population of 70,000 to Jerusalem and not a peep out of anybody about it but here today, we are getting worked up about Israel chasing out only 300 of its 600,000 land-thieving squatters and it’s giving Mndwss blasphemous sexual fantasies. Maybe it has something to do with August having had 2 full moons.

    • philweiss on September 2, 2012, 3:52 pm

      wise; hadn’t thought about that!

    • annie on September 2, 2012, 7:07 pm

      i am not worked up walid, just reporting it.

      re Gush Etzion 22 settlements 70,000 to Jerusalem..just googled it and found it at only one source, my radar completely missed it. sorry

      http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=431035

      edit, here’s another: http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=126329&heading=Middle%20East

      • Walid on September 3, 2012, 12:08 am

        Hi Annie, not being at all critical of you but simply speaking in the collective “we” to describe all of us and how we are easily duped by the likes of Netanyahu. His famous 1989 words when he was Deputy Foreign Minister keep ringing in my ear: “‘Israel should have taken advantage of the suppression of the demonstrations in China [Tiananmen Square], when the world’s attention was focussed on what was happening in that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the Territories. However, to my regret, they did not support that policy that I proposed, and which I still propose should be implemented.”

        This is why I think that the big Iran hulabaloo is nothing but a smoke screen for something monumentally vile that Israel has planned for whatever is left of Palestine. While the world’s attention will be on what Israel does or doesn’t do on Iran, it’s will pull something that would cost the Palestinians very dearly and the world would let it slip by.

        Remember the not-so-long-ago taped video revelation about what Netanyahu really thought about the Oslo and peace with the Palestinians? Remember the 2005 gimmick by Sharon in Israel’s Gaza withdrawal and how he used it to con Bush and the Congress while Israel stole land with the WB wall that was greater in area than the land being given up in Gaza?

        I’m expecting something really big and nasty by Israel while the US elections will be in full swing with everyone preoccuopied with it, but it won’t be about Iran but about Palestine. This Gush Etzion announcement is an appetizer of what’s in store.

      • seafoid on September 3, 2012, 8:18 am

        Walid

        I can’t see Egypt/Lebanon/Jordan/Syria taking in any new wave of Palestinian refugees . Palestinians are Israel’s responsibility.

        Israel may want to make Erez israel hashlemah “kosher lemehadrin” but where would it offload all the unpeople?

      • annie on September 3, 2012, 2:08 pm

        This is why I think that the big Iran hulabaloo is nothing but a smoke screen for something monumentally vile that Israel has planned for whatever is left of Palestine.

        i’m so with you on this walid. not sure if you had a chance to check this out:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/solution-to-palestinian-statehood-initiative-fear-iran.html

        it’s a tad weak on the headline but check out the url “solution-to-palestinian-statehood-initiative-fear-iran”. basically it is a trajectory of headlines framing israel’s demand the US commit to attacking iran by yon kipper is nothing more than completely booking the attention of the UN in september beginning right after palestinian’s released the news they were heading back to the UN general assembly. actually it wasn’t right after, squeezed between the palestinian’s announcement and the demand was the bloviated ‘the sword at our throat’ hissy fit.

        but as far as i am concerned there is no iranian threat,it’s all a cover for more expansion. i have been saying that for years.

      • thankgodimatheist on September 3, 2012, 7:44 am

        Annie. Here:
        RAMALLAH, August 28, 2012 (WAFA) – Foreign Ministry Tuesday called on the international community and the Quartet to condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements, in which he declared annexing Gush Etzion bloc to greater Jerusalem.
        http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=20540

      • annie on September 3, 2012, 2:09 pm

        thanks tgia

    • Theo on September 3, 2012, 10:27 am

      “The longest journey begins with the first step”. chinese proverb

      By the way, they say “we shall be back”. I would bet on it, this is just a poker game, win a lot, lose a little, then cover your losses.

      • Mooser on September 3, 2012, 5:06 pm

        “By the way, they say “we shall be back”.

        And oddly enough, they say it in English. Wouldn’t it be more dramatic and resonant in Modern Hebrew? Why on earth English?

      • Theo on September 4, 2012, 8:57 am

        Why in english?

        Because they are sending a message to the whole world and in hebrew nobody would understand it.

  4. Abdul-Rahman on September 2, 2012, 3:50 pm

    I wonder if the Zionist authorities set up another large staged production of soap opera like proportions to have photos and video taken of the “crying” settlers and the “crying” soldiers in this new mock battle (that would leave any Palestinian daring to resist even one small illegal Zionist occupation authority order either dead, in jail, or in a hospital) to try to then say “look we are making ‘painful’ compromises” (i.e. “withdrawing” one illegal West Bank outpost to just MOVE these racist/fanatic illegal Jewish settlers, with complete government subsidies much of it likely being US tax dollars given to Israel, to just another illegal West Bank outpost i.e. another illegal settlement colony in what all international law recognizes as the occupied Palestinian West Bank). Noam Chomsky in his 2006 work “Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy” does a good job discussing this chicanery in past similar events. Specifically the removal of the illegal Zionist settlements in Sinai, Egypt decades ago, that instead of just going with international law was portrayed in a large soap opera like fashion as a “national trauma” for the Zionists. And then more recently and importantly the supposed “disengagement” from Gaza in 2005 that was really the completion of an outdoor prison Gaza blockaded and raped of most of its’ natural resources by a 1% illegal Jewish settler population that lived in opulence and which human rights activist and journalist Amira Hass noted made life hell for the other 99% of the population of Gaza i.e. the Palestinians in Gaza many of whom are people ethnically cleansed in Al-Nakba of 1948 from what is now southern Israel. And this Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza also saw the majority of the illegal Jewish settlers subsidized to simply move to expanded illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and in the equally illegally Zionist occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Chomsky for example clearly notes the large increase in illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights following Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement” from and consolidation of the Gaza concentration camp.

    Chomsky also quotes the work of academic Baruch Kimmerling who wrote very importantly on this topic.

    • tear-stained uzi on September 3, 2012, 2:40 am

      Exactly. Migron is the ‘accidental’ bump the pickpocket gives your shoulder the instant before his hand snakes inside your jacket to relieve you of your wallet — classic misdirection.

      I’m sure these fanatic squatters brave homesteaders will be richly rewarded minimally compensated by the State for their long-overdue eviction tragic sacrifice.

      The IDF Public Affairs office is at this moment most assuredly editing the settler-provided video footage into just the sort of maudlin “soap opera” you envisage. All that remains is to add the haunting soundtrack (austere, somber — a single cello, perhaps?), and the documentary can be released: The Migron Pogrom. Just the latest example of injustice heaped upon The Eternal Victims (why, oh why, does G-d torment His Chosen People so?)

      • annie on September 3, 2012, 2:11 pm

        Migron is the ‘accidental’ bump the pickpocket gives your shoulder the instant before his hand snakes inside your jacket to relieve you of your wallet —

        smart

  5. seafoid on September 2, 2012, 5:26 pm

    Those kids should be working and paying taxes instead of playing cowboys and Palestinians.

    • Roya on September 3, 2012, 11:04 am

      Israel doesn’t need these kids’ taxes. “Achieving” Greater Israel is what these kids are for. Paying taxes is what 310 million Americans are for.

      • seafoid on September 3, 2012, 11:42 am

        They do ,actually.- Greater Israel is financially very weak.
        Where will the money come from when the dersh generation dies and sanctions hit ?

  6. American on September 2, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Don’t think this means anything.

    Moving them 2 kilometers away to new modulars from outpost shacks is just better housing.
    Israel will clean up all the junky looking mess settlers have set up and make it look better..less like rouge squatters….so they say ”moving them from their homes” would be cruel and unfair.

  7. radii on September 2, 2012, 6:22 pm

    300 down, just a few hundred thousand to go

    • Blake on September 3, 2012, 11:06 pm

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Some might say a few million though.

  8. Les on September 2, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Speaking of the occupied territories, this two line headline is from the Monday September 3 Guardian.

    Israel accused of pillaging Dead Sea resources in occupied territory

    Cosmetics firm Ahava singled out for criticism in report by Palestinian human rights organisation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/03/israel-accused-dead-sea-occupied

  9. thankgodimatheist on September 3, 2012, 7:25 am

    Out the door, back through the window.

  10. Dan Crowther on September 3, 2012, 9:07 am

    I take this to mean the Israelis intend to bomb something sometime soon, seems to be their M.O., “evacuation” followed by bombing………

    • tear-stained uzi on September 5, 2012, 2:08 am

      I’ll bet you’re right — after all, that’s just the official State version of a “price tag” attack, isn’t it?

      Lebanon, perhaps?

  11. just on September 3, 2012, 9:52 am

    Will the Palestinian owners receive any compensation?

    Will the people who stole the land illegally for all these years face any punishment?

    The way that this has been presented makes the aggressive thieves the victims– I’m with chinese box on that.

  12. just on September 3, 2012, 4:45 pm

    From Joel Greenberg’s piece in the Wapo:

    “The smaller settlement outposts were built without official approval, but many have roads and utilities provided by state agencies.”

    I wonder if the state agencies will eradicate the roads and utilities now…

    My guess is yes.

  13. ColinWright on September 4, 2012, 12:22 am

    “Israel evacuates 300 settlers”

    ‘Evacuate…’

    Not that I blame Annie, but to use the word ‘evacuate’ here is to begin to subscribe to the rather perverted vocabulary Israel has developed over the years.

    ‘Evacuate’ implies a benevolent rescue of innocent victims. One ‘evacuates’ flood victims, for example.

    These individuals are being forcibly removed from property they don’t own and have no legal right to reside in. The word would be ‘evict.’ Why call it something else?

  14. camembert on September 4, 2012, 6:33 am

    Loved this gem in Ha’aretz:
    “According to the agreement, if the settlers do not comply with the eviction notice they will not technically be entitled to the compound prepared for them by security forces, though they plan on allowing the settlers with access to the compound either way.” http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/state-prepares-for-forced-evacuation-of-west-bank-outpost-residents-1.460469

    What on earth does “not technically be entitled” mean when you’ll allow them access either way?

    Also, Americans for Peace Now are claiming this to be a major victory while two new settlements have been built for the demolition of one. It’s great that they’ve gotten this far, but it’s a pyrrhic victory at best.

    • eljay on September 4, 2012, 7:56 am

      >> What on earth does “not technically be entitled” mean when you’ll allow them access either way?

      It reminds me of how politicians and bureaucrats “assume full responsibility” for (usually illegal or immoral) actions for which they never face any consequences.

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