'Christian Zionism and Jewish Extremism'

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Deportation to U.S. for Kach man in crackdown on extremists

By Amos Harel and Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

In rare steps a week before the onset of evacuations, authorities have ordered an Israeli-American Kach activist deported to the United States for 40 days, and will force two protest leaders at a northern West Bank settlement to return to their former enclave of Kiryat Arba near Hebron.

The measures were among a number of steps taken by the defense establishment Tuesday in preparation for the evacuation of four West Bank settlements under the disengagement plan, including collecting weapons and closing two of the settlements to Israelis.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided to deport Sa'adia Hershkopf - a dual American and Israeli citizen and one of the three Kach activists put into administrative detention by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz earlier this week - to the United States for 40 days.

The deportation of Hershkopf, an 18-year-old resident of Kfar Chabad, will replace his administrative detention, which the Tel Aviv District Court Tuesday reduced from 60 to 40 days.

Prosecutors had suggested that all three detainees be deported instead of jailed - one of the others is a dual Israeli-Canadian citizen - but only Hershkopf agreed. The prosecution promised that he will be allowed to return to Israel when the 40 days are up.

Meanwhile, Mofaz signed an administrative order obliging Miriam and Yaron Adler, who moved to Sa-Nur last year to protest the disengagement, to return to their former residence in Kiryat Arba. The order was issued at the recommendation of the Shin Bet security service. Miriam Adler has been serving as Sa-Nur's spokeswoman. The couple has six children.

IDF concerned over extremists in Sa-Nur
Senior army officers said that the growing presence of extremists in Sa-Nur is very worrying. The entire settlement is undergoing a process of radicalization, they said, and some residents would not hesitate to use violence to disrupt the evacuation.

The three were detained after the funeral of Eden Natan Zada, who murdered four Israeli Arabs in Shfaram last week, due to intelligence information that they were involved in violence against Arabs. Justice Ministry sources say that no further administrative detentions of right-wing activists are currently planned.

The Israel Defense Forces declared Ganim and Kadim closed military areas Tuesday, meaning that no Israelis except the settlements' residents may enter. The order was issued after some 20 right-wing extremists from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar entered Ganim and Kadim on Monday, apparently with the goal of squatting in the empty houses and resisting the evacuation. Most Ganim and Kadim residents have already left. The army expelled the squatters.

The IDF also informed residents of the other two West Bank settlements to be evacuated, Sa-Nur and Homesh, that they must turn in their army-issue weapons, which they received as part of the army's territorial defense system. The only residents exempt from this order are the settlements' two security coordinators. Residents of Ganim and Kadim turned their weapons in earlier.

The army has also begun collecting weapons from Gaza settlers, but has not yet served them with a formal order. Residents of some Gaza settlements handed their weapons over last week, and Tuesday, residents of Netzarim did likewise. The goal of the weapon collection is to ensure that no shooting occurs during the evacuation.

The West Bank settlements are due to be evacuated in September, following the Gaza pullout.

Source: Haaretz

This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Milton Frihetsson, 7:13 AM | link | |