60 Day Extension on Beit El Demolition (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/29/12)
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The Supreme Court ruled Sunday that demolition of two unpopulated
buildings in Beit El, north of Jerusalem, may be postponed by 60
days. State attorneys requested the deferral in hopes that the extra
time will allow them to find a solution other than demolition.
The court ordered the buildings destroyed by May of this year after
the left-wing group Yesh Din filed suit claiming they have been built
on land owned by a Palestinian Authority Arab man.
However, the question of who owns the land has not yet been resolved
in court. Beit El residents were not heard in the initial case, and
have appealed to a lower court, arguing that the land is in fact
State Prosecution attorney Osnat Mendel told the court that the state
is re-examining the status of buildings in Beit El as a whole, and
needs time to complete its work. In addition, she said, the state is
not prepared for a demolition at this time.
Justices Asher Grunis, Edna Arbel, and Yoram Danziger partially
granted the request, giving 60 days instead of the 90 that Mendel
Yesh Din attorney Michael Sfard expressed annoyance at the verdict.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/29/12)
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