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(photo credit: David Wilder, the Jewish Community of Hebron)
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday gave the state until September 13 to
submit its response with regarding four Palestinian market stalls in a Hebron
building known as Beit Ezra.
But it fined the state NIS 5,000 for not
complying with the initial court deadline of August 15.
Hagit Ofran of
Peace Now said in response to the fine, “It appears the court has lost patience
with the state’s practice of delaying hard decisions.”
petitioned the court against two Jewish families who moved into the shops, some
time after the IDF forced Palestinians to abandon the stalls in 2001 for
At a Ministerial Committee on Settlements meeting last
week, politicians endorsed an earlier decision by a military appeals court to
allow the two families to rent the stalls from the Custodian of Abandoned
Properties until such time as the IDF allowed the Palestinians to return to the
But according to those in the meeting, a state attorney objected
to the conclusion and the committee adjourned without formulating its
It is the second time that committee members have differed with
the state attorneys’ legal opinion.
A similar split occurred with respect
to the state’s submission to the High Court of Justice regarding the evacuation
of the Migron outpost in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.
cases, members of the committee and right-wing politicians attacked the
Attorney- General’s Office for not executing the committee’s will.
Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, who is a member of the
Ministerial Committee on Settlements, has slammed both
“Taxpayers money is being wasted as a result of the [State]
Attorney’s Office lack of will to listen to the political echelon’s orders,” he
Edelstein added that the office also risked contempt of court
“I hope the Attorney’s Office will start to understand that it
is not the judicial authority, but rather part of an authority that must act,”