Rightist Group's Job Offer: $136 a Day for Guarding New East Jerusalem Apartment

Right-wing group aims to protect 25 homes in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.

Nir Hasson
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East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
Nir Hasson
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Right-wing group Elad is looking for “armed persons” to guard the houses in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood that the NGO occupied Monday night, an Elad official told Haaretz.

On Wednesday, Elad published an ad on right-wing social networks offering 500 shekels ($136) a day for temporarily living in an apartment and guarding it.

Before dawn the day before, dozens of young Jewish people entered 25 apartments in seven buildings in the City of David, a site in the heart of Silwan. The buildings had been bought in recent years for Elad by a company registered abroad.

When moving in, the settlers were accompanied by police officers and privately hired security guards. Silwan residents say the settlers have locked themselves in the buildings and are still being guarded by the police.

According to Elad’s ad, “We are looking for people who can stay in the apartments and watch them until families move into them. The work will probably take 10 to 30 days (perhaps even more). The daily wage is 500 shekels gross. The workers will stay in the apartments and guard them until they are inhabited by families. Only suitable applicants will be accepted. Please pass this on to friends.”

An Elad official added that the group was seeking “armed persons from combat units who are ready to commit to a minimum of 10 days of work .... In principle, you’re supposed to be quiet and simply occupy the compound.”

Asked for details on what the job entails, she said: “You’re not the security guard .… There are security guards and

police when needed, and there’s someone to supervise you and call to make sure everything is all right all the time.

We don’t need you as a security guard. As far as we’re concerned, you live in the house, but it’s better if you have a weapon.”

Elad would be the employer. “I think the payment would be by bank transfer,” the official said. “You come and fill out forms.

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