Oz Zion Residents March with PLO Flag and Thank Bennett and Shaked
The Jewish outpost of Oz Zion, in the Binyamin region of Samaria, was demolished four days ago. It was home to two families and five youth aged 16-18 who live there full-time and are studying in the yeshiva on site. Other teenagers join them for varying amounts of time, also to study and ensure a Jewish presence in the region. Yehuda Liber, resident of Oz Zion and married father of two, told me that the outpost has been destroyed before and it will be rebuilt again.
Perhaps more powerful than a violent demonstration, they chose a cynical and intelligent way to protest. But will this protest make it onto the news stations and websites? I translated their press release from Hebrew to English in order to share it, along with the video of the demonstration.
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Earlier today, wearing keffiyehs and waving Palestinian flags, the ousted Oz Zion residents marched along Road 60. They were carrying signs written in Arabic that proclaimed:
Bennett and Shaked, we thank you in the name of the entire Palestinian people.
Thank-you Ayelet for taking care of Oz Zion.
Nir Orbach, thank-you.
.As they marched, they chanted in Arabic, saying
We want to thank you in the name of the entire Palestinian people and President Abu Mazen, for the absolute freedom you give us to build in Judea and Samaria and for getting rid of the Jewish outposts that prevent us from spreading out across the land.
Yehudi Liber, resident of Oz Zion, said:
The Bennett-Gantz government decided to advance the establishment of a de facto Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria and as part of that goal destroys and expels from the land the outposts that block the Arabs from overtaking the land.
As the Jewish settlement movement licks its wounds over the last few weeks, in the Palestinian Authority they smile and thank the Israeli government for doing their work for them — presenting them with the coveted Palestinian state on a silver platter.
Video and Feature Image Credit: Oz Zion, with permission