Israeli police neared the end on Thursday of a days-long operation to evacuate Amona, an illegally-built outpost on the West Bank. Sitting on private Palestinian land, Amona has figured in numerous legal battles since its construction two decades ago. Israel had tried to broker a deal in which the settlers would be moved off their current plot to a neighboring stretch of land, but the country’s Supreme Court overruled that decision, ordering the government to remove the settlers last year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to build a new settlement on state land for the evacuees, and has announced an expanded settlement-building program since the election of President Donald Trump. Here are some photos from the Amona operation.Settlers attempt to prevent entrance of police by burning tires. Israeli police move into Amona for the evacuation. Settlers block road into Amona with stones. Police carry settler refusing to evacuate. Police guard settlers before putting them on evacuation buses. Settlers loaded onto bus out of Amona. Israeli police break into synagogue where 200 holdouts, most of them teens, are resisting evacuation.
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.
PHOTOS: Rage and Resignation as Police Evacuate West Bank Amona Outpost