IDF issued closed military zone order on disputed Hebron building

After approximately 100 Israeli settlers illegally invaded a disputed building in Hebron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed their eviction. The IDF has issued a closed military zone order.
The building Photo credit: Tzipi Schlissel/ TPS/ Channel 2 News

As reported yesterday (Tuesday) by JOL, approximately 100 Israeli settlers illegally invaded a disputed building near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. During the night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman not to evict the settlers.

This morning, the Head of the Hebron Brigade issued a closed military zone order on the building in order to prevent the entry of additional settlers. Approximately 5 years ago, 15 settler families were evicted from the building after it could not be proven that they had obtained the necessary permits to show ownership.

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Photo credit: Tzipi Schlissel/ TPS/ Channel 2 News

Over the past several months, some progress has been made after the settlers claimed to have the necessary paperwork. While the Civil Administration accepted some of the claims, the settlers have not yet received the approval from the government to enter the building.

The government is examining different way to deal with the settlers, although the decision on the ground should be made by the IDF’s Head of the Central Command and the Civil Administration. However, it is believed that the IDF will wait for Netanyahu and Lieberman to rule on the matter.



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