The High Court of Justice is set to debate the fate of 30 homes in the Amona
outpost on Tuesday afternoon in Jerusalem.
In July it appeared as if
attempts to demolish the West Bank outpost had been thwarted, when the High
Court ruled that homes on contested outpost land could remain where they were
until the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court adjudicated conflicting property claims
between settlers and Palestinians.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein then
stated that his interpretation of the High Court ruling was that only one home
and a portion of the access road to the outpost needed to be removed by July
Amona residents have adhered to this ruling.
But the NGO Yesh
Din petitioned the High Court against Weinstein, arguing he should be held in
contempt of court – charging he had circumvented the ruling for political
Yesh Din believes the ruling should be interpreted to mean that
30 of the 40 Amona homes should be demolished.
The NGO petitioned the
High Court against the Amona outpost in 2008 on behalf of the Palestinian
landowners on whose property the outpost was built in 1995.
Court had initially ruled that the outpost should be demolished by July 15. But
it amended its ruling in July after settlers claimed to have purchased some of
But the language of the July ruling was vague and has
allowed for a dispute in its interpretation.
The High Court ruling did
not state how many homes were on the contested lots and how many were on
uncontested lots, considered to be private Palestinian property.
court simply stated that structures on uncontested lots should be removed, and
those structures on contested lots against which there were purchase claims
could remain – pending the Magistrate’s Court ruling.
Yesh Din has now
brought the matter back to the High Court.
Amona is located in the
Binyamin region of the West Bank, on the outskirts of the Ofra
According to the 2005 government- sponsored report on West
Bank outposts by private attorney Talia Sasson, the outpost was built on private
Palestinian property without the necessary permits.
The Construction and
Housing Ministry spent NIS 2.16 million on infrastructure for Amona, according
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