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The Regavim NGO filed a petition late Tuesday asking the High Court of Justice
to order the IDF and its civil administration to halt construction and
ultimately raze new Palestinian structures near the Pnei Hever
The NGO said that in a routine tour of the Hebron area near
the Palestinian village of Bani Naim, it discovered 15 new structures that were
built without a filed master plan or the required permits.
said the structures are in Area C of the West Bank, where under the Oslo Accords
Israel has full civil and security jurisdiction.
Regavim activist Ovad
Arad discovered the structures.
Regavim said the structures were unusual
because there were permanent and built of cement and stone, whereas typically
new and illegal building starts with temporary structures and only later leads
to permanent structures, if the authorities do not interfere.
alleged that the structures represent a security threat to the nearby Jewish
settlements and IDF checkpoints, due to their proximity and potential to serve
as a hiding place and staging point for terrorist attacks.
said that Regavim was merely asking that the High Court apply the same standard
to alleged illegal Palestinian-built structures that it has applied to alleged
illegally built Jewish settlements – in terms of enjoining continued building
Regavim attorney Boaz Arazi said that since the
structures present a security threat, addressing the situation should be at the
forefront of authorities’ enforcement efforts.
Regavim is an activist
organization that, among other things, files briefs with the High Court to
restrict alleged illegal Palestinian building in the West Bank.
also sought court orders to compel Israeli authorities to move forward with
demolitions where various procedural delays have slowed the process of
demolishing an illegal Palestinian structure.