Security Forces Cut Off Water to Hilltop Community
(IsraelNN.com) Security forces with bulldozers and heavy equipment have converged on the hilltop community Eish Kodesh, 20 miles north of Jerusalem, adjacent to Shilo.
According to resident Bnaya Ze'ev, a shipping container has been confiscated and the community's water tower is now being emptied and destroyed.
"Apparantly, instead of turning off the water to Gaza, where rockets are being fired from daily, the government has sent them to cut us off instead," he told Arutz-7.
Residents are calling on the public to come protect the permanent homes being built at the mixed religious-secular community. The construction cost residents over 200,000 shekels so far and has come out of pocket as mortgages are not available for communities considered unauthorized by the government.
Eish Kodesh (Holy Fire) is named for the seminal work of Rabbi Kolonymos Kalman of the Warsaw Ghetto. The community was established after the murder of Eish-Kodesh Gilmor by Arab terrorists at the start of the Oslo War.
Yesha Council Deal?
Shortly before the destruction began, Israel state-run radio reported that the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Yesha) and the government have agreed to "relocate" approximately 25 unauthorized hilltop communities that the government committed to destroy under the US-backed Road Map.
The Yesha Council insists that the destruction runs counter to all agreements it has with the security forces and condemned the cutting off of water to the community. "We view the police behavior with severity," a council statement reads. "Nowhere, including when dealing with the Palestinian, do the police cut a community off from water in such an irresponsible manner."