Court reverses demolition orders for 51 Beduin buildings

December 6, 2011 15:27

Negev Beduin praised an unprecedented ruling on Tuesday, in which the Kiryat Gat Magistrate's court ordered the state to revoke 51 demolition orders against buildings in the unrecognized Beduin village of al-Sira.

The ruling came in response to a request filed in 2006 by the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights to cancel eviction and demolition orders against almost all buildings in the village, south of Beersheba, which residents say would have led to around 400 people losing their homes.

In his ruling, Judge Israel Pablo Akselrad said that the state should make an effort to resolve the conflict over the unrecognized villages.

"I hope and expect that the effort to resolve the conflict will be done by systematically implementing a policy solution to the Negev Beduin's problems, with no need for further recourse to legal means," the judge said.

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