The last of the families living at the Ulpana outpost in the West Bank settlement of Beit El were moved to their temporary accommodations on Thursday.
Of the 33 families living at the outpost, 15 left peacefully on Tuesday and the remaining 18 were slated to leave on Thursday. Sixteen did so, but two staged passive resistance to the move by refusing to pack their belongings. While one of the families left after allowing security forces to pack for them, the Fattal family had to be removed from the building.
After the evacuation was completed, Defense Ministry personnel began sealing the buildings, which, according to an agreement between the settlers and the government, will be demolished and eventually rebuilt elsewhere in the settlement.
Before the June 19 agreement was reached to ensure a peaceful evacuation, many of the residents had threatened to fight any attempt to move them from their homes. After the agreement, which provided for 300 new housing units to be constructed in another part of the settlement, the rhetoric from the settlers was significantly toned down.
The families are being moved into temporary pre-fab “caravillas” on military land nearby, until their new homes within Beit El are ready.
The agreement to go peacefully was put to the test when a handful of right-wing activists entered one of the apartments, with the intention of staying and resisting the planned evacuation of the buildings. Neighbors convinced them to leave.
The buildings in Givat Ulpana, which a court ruled must be torn down because they are built on privately owned Palestinian land, are slated for demolition by July 1.
The government is backing a plan to take apart and rebuild the homes elsewhere, a costly project that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says will blunt some of the pain for the evacuated families.
The government recently petitioned the court for an extension of the demolition order. A decision is expected in the coming days.
The Ulpana evacuation is the first in a number of planned removal operations in the coming months, including at the Migron and Givat Assaf outposts.