A group of Charedi families have established a new West Bank settlement in Gush Etzion and named it ‘Derech Emunah’ after a sefer written by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky zt”l.
As many as 15 structures have been built at the new settlement, including a makeshift shul and yeshiva, as well as homes. The residents of Derech Emunah are mostly from nearby Metzad, as well as Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, and Beitar.
Moshe Rotman, one of the founders of the ‘Derech Emunah’, said the structures were built late Sunday night and within two and a half hours by the Charedi settlers, with the assistance of volunteer yeshiva bochurim.
“The establishment of Derech Emunah is designed to increase awareness within the ultra-Orthodox community of the religious commandment of settling the land, as well as showing that the housing crisis in the community can be resolved through settlement construction in Judea and Samaria,” Rotman said.
He emphasized that the families in Derech Emunah are mainstream Charedim, including men who learned in Ponevezh and Hebron. Rotman also said the outpost was built in protest of “selective enforcement” by the government against illegal construction in the territory.