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Friday, January 27, 2006

Amonah

Amona is a hilltop neighborhood of Ofra. Ofra is the first yishuv in the Shomron, north of Jerusalem. The perpetual head of the Binyamin Regional Council, who is also the head of Moetzet YESHA lives in Ofra.

Amona is different from the rest of Ofra. All of the homes in Ofra are built by the "Ofra building company." In Amona people are allowed to build privately. There are businesses in Amona, including a goats dairy, which makes yogurts and cheeses.

Forty Israeli families live in Amona. There are no Arabs in the area at all. Arabs never lived there. Jews bought the land from the Arabs, but the land wasn't transferred in Tabu, since Arabs who sell land to Jews get murdered by their fellow Arabs. The contracts exist.

For some strange reason, Amona is one of the big targets of Olmert. Olmert wants to destroy Amona.

The residents of Amona have appealed to the Supreme Court to cancel the destruction order. While waiting for the decision, the Binyamin Regional Council inexplicably sealed some of the homes.

My husband just came in to tell me that the High Court agreed to Amona's request to delay destruction.

Which side is the council on?

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