Oz Zion, Mateh Binyamin

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Oz Zion is an Israeli outpost in the West Bank. It falls under the purview of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[1]

History[edit]

Oz Zion was founded sometime after 2005 and is therefore not listed in the Sasson Report.[2] It has been repeatedly evacuated and demolished by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israel Border Police (IBP) since its founding.

In November 2011 Israeli police and IDF soldiers arrested twelve settlers out of dozens who were throwing stones at them in an attempt to prevent the removal of three illegal structures in Oz Zion.[3] In both January[2] and February 2012 forces from the Israeli Civil Administration destroyed structures in Oz Zion.[4] In May 2012 security forces demolished two structures in Oz Zion, one of which was inhabited.[5]

On December 29, 2012, a group of hundreds of settlers drove off IDF and IBP forces who were attempting to dismantle structures at Oz Zion.[6] Five members of the Border Police were wounded in this attack.[7] The IDF and IBP returned the next day, evicted 20 residents of the illegal outpost, and destroyed a number of structures.[8] The outpost was subsequently rebuilt and destroyed by security forces again in March 2013 and in April 2013.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of December 2012, according to settler activist Daniella Weiss, there was one family living at Oz Zion and "a steady group of teens and young adults who man the outpost."[8]

Geography[edit]

Oz Zion is located close to Highway 60, near Giv'at Asaf and Beit El.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Yaakov Lappin (January 20, 2012). "3 cops injured in outpost clearance". Jerusalem Post. p. 10.
  3. ^ "12 settlers held as Israeli police raze part of outpost". Agence France-Presse. November 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Israel forces raze illegal settler outpost". Agence France-Presse. February 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Israel razes settler outpost structures". Agence France-Presse. May 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Tovah Lazaroff; Ben Hartman (December 30, 2012). "Hundreds of teens leave W. Bank outpost after deal with IDF. Stone-throwing students in Oz Zion injure 5 border policemen on Friday, 1 youth arrested". Jerusalem Post.
  7. ^ a b "Israel forces demolish 'wildcat' settler outpost". Agence France-Presse. April 26, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Tovah Lazaroff (December 31, 2012). "Settlers say they'll rebuild demolished Oz Zion outpost". Jerusalem Post. p. 10.