IDF demolishing a home in the West Bank settlement of Eli
IDF demolishing a home in the West Bank settlement of Eli. (photo credit:TOVAH LAZAROFF)


Just past midnight on Monday the IDF demolished one home and a quarter of another in the Yovel outpost, which is part of the West Bank settlement of Eli.

It did so in response to a High Court of Justice ruling that the structure and a portion of another must be removed because they were on private Palestinian property.

The state is in the process of authorizing the Yovel outpost, a move which would make it part of the Eli settlement.

Binyamin Regional Council spokeswoman Tamar Asraf said that it was painful to see the demolition and that had the High Court of Justice shown some flexibility, the event could have been avoided.

“No one benefits from the razing of the structure,” said Asraf. “The Yovel neighborhood will continue to strengthen and grow.”

The High Court petition against the structures was filed by Peace Now. Asraf thanked the NGO for filling the petition, a move which she said paved the way for the eventual legalization of the neighborhood. She added that she expected that the final authorization would be given out soon.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post