(JNS.org) Israeli security forces destroyed a carpentry workshop in the Netiv Ha'avot neighborhood in the Judean town of Elazar Wednesday morning, implementing an order by Israel’s High Court of Justice in September 2016 to demolish the structure.
Before the demolition, security forces removed dozens of young Jewish activists from the structure, which also served as a memorial for fallen Israeli soldiers.
As security forces moved in, several young activists climbed on the roof the structure while groups of teenage boys and girls gathered and sang the Israeli national anthem in protest of the demolition.
The owner of the workshop had placed a sign on top of the structure that stated, “I’m on [IDF] reserve duty, and they are destroying my house.”
The incident came just more than a year after the High Court placed a demolition order on one of the rooms in the structure as well as some 15 Jewish homes in the Gush Etzion community that were allegedly partially constructed on private Palestinian land.
In October, the High Court rejected a petition by the homeowners in Gush Etzion, who offered to demolish the “problematic parts” of their properties. The High Court maintained that all 15 homes must be completely demolished by March 2018.
A petition to raze the Jewish homes was initially filed by the left-wing NGO Peace Now in 2014.