Israel demolishes unauthorized Jewish community near Ramallah

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JERUSALEM — Despite a new right-wing government, Israel continues to
demolish Jewish communities in the West Bank.

On April 26, Israel Army troops and police tore down a tiny community
near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Officials said two structures at the
community of Oz Zion were destroyed in the latest attack on unauthorized
Jewish homes in the West Bank.

Israeli Jewish settlers disassemble the West Bank outpost of Oz Zion.  /Flash90
Israeli Jewish settlers disassemble the West Bank outpost of Oz Zion. /Flash90

This marked the second attack on Oz Zion in as many months. In March, on
the eve of the visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli forces
demolished homes in the community, located along the main north-south
highway in the West Bank.

Officials said the demolition of Oz Zion marked the continuation of
Israel’s policy under the latest government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The latest coalition contains several participants who had
expressed opposition to the campaign against unauthorized communities.

The Israeli demolition campaign has made the Jewish communities into a
target of Palestinians. Hours after the Army demolished Oz Zion, about 500
Palestinians marched toward another unauthorized Jewish outpost at Ofra near

The government has sought to delay a court order to destroy another
Jewish community. On April 28, the High Court, in wake a
government appeal delayed the demolition order of Amona to July 15. The
original order was to have been executed on April 29.

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