Court rejects Migron deal; orders evacuation by August 1 (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Published: 03.25.12, 17:28)
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In dramatic ruling, High Court justices reject request to delay
voluntary evacuation of outpost built on private Palestinian land
until 2015. Petitioners´ attorney: Court showed no one is above the
The High Court of Justice rejected on Sunday the compromise agreement
reached between the State and the residents of the Migron outpost in
the West Bank.
The judges, headed by Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, ruled
that the outpost must be evacuated by August 1. The annulled
compromise deal stated that the outpost´s residents would voluntarily
relocate to state-owned land situated on a nearby hill within three-
In its ruling, the court chastised the State for failing to evacuate
Grunis said the ruling is an obligation, not a choice. "This is a
necessary component of the rule of law to which all are subject, as
part of Israel´s values as a Jewish and democratic state," he said.
The justices said the state had made it clear all along that
settlements cannot be built on private Palestinian land. "As the
state has made clear, no one is authorized to permit the
establishment of a settlement on private land," they said in the
"The residents asked that the court accept the State´s request to
(delay the evacuation). Just as they would have certainly honored a
decision to (delay the evacuation), they must now honor the decision
to reject the request," the justices added.
Minister Benny Begin, who represented the government in the
negotiations with the settlers, said it was a mistake to establish
Migron on private land in the first place, "but we understood the
residents´ sense that they were on a mission. This is why we wanted
the compromise agreement."
Attorney Michael Sfard, representing the Palestinian petitioners who
claimed ownership of the land, said that by adhering to the
compromise agreement the State would be "surrendering" to the Migron
settlers. Delayed justice is not justice.
"Today the court made it clear to authorities that no one – including
the government and the settlers - is above the law," he said.
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