Illegal West Bank Outpost Set Up on Abandoned Israeli Military Base Dismantled

Malachei Hashalom vacated peacefully after authorities made clear they would be removed.

The abandoned Mevo Shilo base
Emil Salman

Malachei Hashalom, an illegal outpost set up on the site of an abandoned Israel Defense Forces base near the ancient city of Shiloh in the West Bank, was vacated Thursday morning in agreement with the settlers who had taken up residence there.

A visit to the small outpost Thursday morning saw youths loading their belongings onto vans, and the structures and tents that they had been living in being taken down. The young settlers had been living in the outpost intermittently for several months.

Though the IDF base had been abandoned, a number of the buildings remained standing. In 2015 Haaretz reported that settlers had illegally taken up residence in a number of these buildings and were siphoning the water and electricity that was still being supplied to the site by the army. The army removed the settlers on a number of occasions, however each time they returned.

After at least six months in which they had been living on the abandoned base, the settlers finally agreed to vacate the site permanently. One of the youths told Haaretz that it had been made clear to them that if they did not dismantle the outpost on their own they would be forced out by the authorities, and so agreed to leave.