Har Adar has announced the new security protocols that will be implemented next week when the rear gate to the settlement is reopened. Among other things, the Palestinians who work in the settlement will need to be supervised at all times by their employer.

Har Adar after the attack

Har Adar after the attack Photo Credit: Flash90

About two months ago, the Har Adar settlement was the scene of the deadly terror attack in which Youssef Othman, Or Arish and Solomon Gavriya were murdered. In the wake of the terror attack, the rear gate to the settlement, commonly called the Biddu gate, was upgraded with advanced inspection and protection capabilities. The gate, which has been closed ever since the attack, will reopen on Sunday. Today (Wednesday), the settlement announced the new security measures that will be implemented with it reopening.

In accordance with the new security measures, Har Adar residents who would like to employ Palestinian workers will need to file an updated request as the old work permits that were issued before the terror attack are no longer valid. All Palestinian workers will need to undergo a complete security inspection when entering the settlement. The workers will need to show the security guards their work permits and IDs. They will also need to walk through a metal detector.

The employer will not only need to pick up his or her employee at the gate but will also need to accompany him or her throughout the day. In addition, an armed guard who has been approved by the settlement’s security division will need to be stationed at the locations where two or more Palestinians are working.

The Palestinian workers will be banned from roaming the settlement freely. They will also not be allowed to enter the settlement from the front gate without receiving permission in advance.

The new measures were designed to increase the level of security in the settlement. In a letter to the residents, Har Adar local council head Chen Filipovitz urged those who employ Palestinian workers to respect the new rules “for the sake of everyone’s safety.”