Gilad Farm readies for forced home demolition

Two modular homes built without permits in the last six months to be demolished by IDF on Monday after Yesh Din petitions court on behalf of Palestinian.

March 11, 2014 01:51
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ONE OF TWO modular homes under threat of demolition at Gilad Farm is seen. . (photo credit: COURTESY GILAD FARM)

Settlers at the Gilad Farm outpost in Samaria on the West Bank on Monday were prepared for imminent demolition by the IDF of two modular homes built without permits in the last six months.

The pending demolition comes in the aftermath of a 2012 petition by the non-governmental organization Yesh Din to the High Court of Justice.

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It filed its petition on behalf of a Palestinian who claimed ownership of the land on which the homes were constructed.

At the time Yesh Din asked the court to remove four unauthorized modular homes in the outpost, of which two were located in Area B of the West Bank, under the civil control of the Palestinian Authority.

The other two homes were located in Areas B and C, which is under Israeli military and civil control.

Members of the Gilad Farm outpost voluntarily removed the homes, as part of an agreement with the Defense Ministry to authorize its small hilltop community of several dozen families, according to Gilad Farm resident Itai Zar.

A modular home has since been built on land from one of those lots located in Area C.

Yesh Din returned to the court, on behalf of their Palestinian client, asking that it be removed. Since then Gilad Farm residents erected a second modular home, also in Area C – not part of the Yesh Din petition and whose land status is unclear.

At the end of February the High Court of Justice gave the Gilad Farm residents until Monday to voluntarily remove the structure under petition or else have the IDF do so by force.

Zar said that the community had been willing to cede to the court’s demand until it understood that the IDF planned to also remove the home not referenced in the petition.

Zar said given that the residents expect the outpost to be authorized, there was no need to remove the second structure.

The outpost is built on state land and on private Palestinian property that the Zar family had said it purchased.

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