Court rejectspetition for settlers to evacuate Hebron

January 17, 2010 21:12

The High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected a petition by the Peace Now movement calling for the evacuation of Jewish settlers from land in downtown Hebron which was seized by the army more than 25 years ago for security reasons.

Part of the land was owned by Palestinians and the rest was held by the Jordanian Custodian of Enemy Property because it had been owned by Jews before the 1948 War of Independence.

The court ruled that the petition had been filed too late, since the settlers had moved into the area in 1991 and that a petition filed many years earlier against the civilian settlement by Palestinian owners had been dealt with.

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