Mizpe Avichai - Tess Shaplan - 12012012
Young settlers putting up a structure in Mizpe Avichai in 2009. Photo by Tess Shaplan
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The Israeli Defense Forces demolished the illegal West Bank outpost Mitzpe Avichai near Kiryat Arba, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The outpost was established in 2007 in memory of Avichai Levy, who was shot by a terrorist that year. The same settlement was already evicted twice before in the past.

The outpost has been flourishing in the past year, with ten structures housing nine families being constructed.

Israeli security forces issued restraining orders against the outpost’s leader, Yaron Kaleb, earlier this week, banning his entrance to the West Bank.

This is the third outpost to be demolished by the IDF and the Civil Administration in a week, with Givat Arye and Gal Yossef, both near Shilo, being evicted earlier this week.

All three of this week’s outpost evictions have gone without incident. An official in the security forces said this was due to deterrence produced by increased enforcement against right-wing extremists in the past month.

National Union MK Michael Ben Ari said: “The destruction was an indication of the continued deterioration the Netanyahu government, which is spreading frustration and despair.”

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