Violating army order, Shas MK smuggles building materials to West Bank outpost

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A Shas MK smuggled building materials into an unauthorized West Bank outpost in violation of a military order, Israeli media reported Monday.

The army has ordered all Israelis to evacuate the Evyatar outpost, which has been built and demolished several times since it was first erected in 2013. It has also banned all construction at the site, which has been renewed several weeks ago following the murder of Yehuda. Guetta, 19, in a terrorist attack in the West Bank. According to Channel 12 reports, 47 families have moved into the illegal hilltop community near Tapuah Junction.

Shas MK Moshe Arbel on Monday defended his actions, citing what he described as rampant illegal construction in the area by local Palestinians.

“When I contact the Minister of Defense and he tells me that there are no regulations and that we cannot apply the [illegal] Arab construction, so the order that forbids Jews exclusively to build and bring construction materials is not legitimate,” Arbel said. “I used my parliamentary immunity to help form the settlement. We came here to build this country.

The land adjacent to Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank where the Evyatar outpost stood before it was razed hours earlier. (Courtesy of Tzvi Succot)

Arbel also urged other lawmakers to join the effort. The army is expected to demolish the makeshift structures that have been erected on the site.

The outpost was first established several weeks after the April 2013 killing of Evyatar Borovsky, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, by a Palestinian terrorist at the Tapuah junction.

Security forces first evacuated the outpost two weeks later and, according to settlers, it remained uninhabited until its recovery in 2018.

Friends and family mourn during the funeral in Jerusalem of Yehuda Guetta, who was killed in a terror attack at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on May 6, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Several days after the fatal stabbing on February 5, 2018, of Itamar Ben-Gal, father of four children from the settlement of Har Bracha, a group of settlers from the northern West Bank decided to rebuild it in his memory, as well as in commemoration of Raziel Shevach. Shevach, a father of six from Havat Gilad outpost in the northern West Bank, was shot dead by Palestinian terrorists in a drive-by shooting outside his community on January 9, 2018.

Security forces demolished the outpost later in February 2018.

Guetta was killed in a drive-by shooting in Tapuah Junction last month, prompting the outpost to be rebuilt.

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