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Amona Residents Ordered by IDF to Evacuate Premises Within 48 Hours

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Amona. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. — Residents of the Amona outpost have been ordered by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to evacuate the area within two days.

“After 48 hours, no person will be allowed to enter this area or be permitted to remain in it…Owners of any property found in the area declared [closed by this order] will be obligated to remove it,” an IDF eviction notice posted in Amona stated, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The IDF’s order comes amid growing tension over the outpost, which the Israeli High Court ruled as illegal because it sits on private Palestinian land. In December, residents struck a deal with the Israeli government to delay the eviction for 45 days until Feb. 8, and it was agreed that the residents would move to an adjacent plot of land. That plan has stalled, however, because a Palestinian claimed ownership of the new plot.

Residents of Amona claim that the Israeli government has violated the initial agreement, prompting them to renew their campaign against the community’s relocation.

“For us, this is now a struggle…At the current state of things, we have no choice but to renew the public struggle in full force and call upon our thousands of supporters to come to Amona posthaste, stand beside us, and do everything possible to prevent the evacuation,” the residents recently said in a statement.

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