Israeli settlers on the West Bank rushed to extend their settlement at Kedumin minutes after their leaders rejected a military government order to desist.
Israeli settlers on the West Bank rushed to extend their settlement at Kedumin minutes after their leaders rejected a military government order to desist. The militant Gush Eminim is campaigning to force the Israeli Government to seize more Arab-owned land on the West Bank.
SYNOPSIS: The settlers say they have not enough room to develop, so they set about making room ??? moving back barbed wire barriers on a hilltop near Kedumin. And they brought trucks carrying portable homes to establish on the recently levelled site. Nearby is the Arab village of Kadum.
The Gush Eminin say their campaign to force the government to seize more Arab land is an effort to break the chain which is strangling the Jewish communities in Samaria. The settlers broke the government ban on settlement in the district in 1975, and later they were recognised as a settlement. There are now a hundred and ten families here. They want more land before the question of West Bank Arab autonomy is settled.
But the following day (20 August) the army removed the defiant settlers' prefabricated homes. The settlers had erected a watch-tower and enclosed the new settlement with barbed wire. But the army made short work of removing the building.
The settlers said they did not know if the land they had taken belonged to Arabs: they said they did not check, and they did not care. The Defence Ministry has promised them land from the nearby military camp of Kaddum, and they met Deputy Defence Minister Mordechai Zippori in Jerusalem to discuss the future of the proposal.