Ulpana Residents Say Court Violated Law (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/13/12)
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Two residents of the threatened Ulpana neighborhood, along with the
Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, have appealed to the High Court
to postpone a demolition order, arguing that the court violated the
Basic Law that protects “human dignity.”
The petition also states that the High Court justices acted
unreasonably in ordering the demolition of the homes before a lower
court decides on a lawsuit over ownership of the land.
The High Court has ordered the expulsion of more than a dozen of
families from the 10-year-old neighborhood in Beit El, in Samaria.
The petition to the court charges that the order contradicts the
Basic Law of Human Dignity and Liberty, partly because the justices
in effect are deciding the ownership issue before a lower court rules.
Attorney Yossi Fuchs also emphasized that no legal action was filed
against the couple, who never received any demolition orders. Like
other residents in the neighborhood, they purchased their homes more
than 10 years ago in good faith that the government authorization was
assurance that their purchase was legal. Recently, left-wing petition
argues that the alleged Arab owner did not sell the property for the
house and the sale was fraudulent.
The petition to the High Court adds that the expulsion order was
issued without any discussion on compensation that would allow the
family to buy a different home.
After the expulsion of Gush Katif and northern Gaza residents in
2005, the High Court ruled that the government’s policy on
compensation was so low that it violated the Basic Law on Dignity.
One High Court justice later said that the decision was a landmark
ruling because it set a policy of applying the Basic Law to Jews
living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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