Legal source: State ridiculing rule of law (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Published: 04.27.12, 17:37)
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Senior legal official says new government policy toward West Bank
evictions wishes to draw distinction between isolated outposts and
large neighborhood built on private Palestinian land
"The legal establishment cannot lend a hand to illegal decisions and
surely the Supreme Court judges will realize that the State is
ridiculing the rule of law," a senior legal source told Ynet on
Friday, in response to an appeal filed by the state in which it asked
the court to revisit a petition filed over the pending eviction of
the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El.
The court ordered the State to evict the Ulpana neighborhood by May
1, after it was revealed that the neighborhood was built on private
Palestinian land. However, the decision stirred a storm among right-
wing elements, prompting the State to appeal the decision.
The petition asked the court for a three-month extension, which will
allow the State to refile its official position on the matter; and is
seeking a stay of the demolition orders issued on the neighborhood´s
homes for the duration of that time.
The State also stated that it wishes to review future eviction orders
of communities built on private land on a case-by-case basis.
According to the source, "You cannot make a distinction between
outposts that the government can easily evict and outposts that are
less convenient to evict due to Rightist pressure on the government.
The policy needs to consistent, which is that structures built on
private land must be demolished."
"No one deems it right to send bulldozers to demolish whole
neighborhoods that have been in place for years, but one has to find
the balance between the fact that it is illegal to build structures
on private (Palestinian) lands and the fact that we cannot demolish
whole neighborhoods just because they are built on private land," the
Another legal source noted that "there are differences between an
outpost on an isolated hill, which is built on private land, and a
large community that was partly built on private land many years ago.
"There is a difference between innocent people who had not idea they
were building on private land, and people who knowingly take over a
plot of land," he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/27/12)
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