Government Asks Supreme Court to Postpone Destruction (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/27/12)
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State attorneys appealed Friday to the Supreme Court, asking for a 90-
day delay in the planned demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood in
Beit El. The court ruled last year that residents of the neighborhood
must be evicted by May 1.
If the court grants the three-month extension, the government plans
to use the extra time to find a legal solution that will allow the
community to remain standing.
The governmentís appeal follows an appeal by residents of the
neighborhood, who have turned to the Jerusalem District Court in an
attempt to prove that they, and not Palestinian Authority Arab
claimants, are the rightful owners of the land. They say the Supreme
Courtís ruling was based on inaccurate information.
Speaking to Kol Yisrael radio, Minister Benny Begin pointed out that
if the District Court finds in favor of the Beit El residents, the
cost of rebuilding demolished homes will be high. The government
would be unwise to destroy homes at this point, he said.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak is among those who has called to wait and
clarify the matter before proceeding with demolition. At a Cabinet
meeting this week, Barak said there are three matters that need
clarification: the location of several caravan homes just outside the
Beit El city limit, two incomplete buildings that may not be legal,
and the legal status of five occupied buildings. The latter is the
topic of the District Court case.
For the first time, Barak openly stated that the Supreme Courtís
original finding may not have been correct. ďIf it turns out that
there was a purchase, and there are documents, that will of course
open the door to new options,Ē he said.
MK Zahava Gal-On, head of the Meretz party, cast doubt on the stateís
chance to win time for the District Court hearing. The Supreme Court
previously rejected a similar appeal regarding Migron, she said.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/27/12)
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