Amona outpost residents are expected to file to the High Court of Justice on
Monday their argument against the evacuation of the West Bank hilltop community
set for July 15.
The court decision in April to evacuate the outpost next
week, came in response to a 2008 Yesh Din petition on behalf of 10 Palestinians
who claim ownership on the land, located in the Binyamin region of the West
Bank, next to the Ofra settlement.
But Amona residents have argued that
they have purchased many of the lots on which their homes are
Late Thursday night, the state asked the court to modify its
ruling to demolish the outpost.
It asked the court instead, for
permission to remove only those homes against which there are no settler
It noted that the issue of the purchase claims was now
before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.
The state told the court that on
July 15 it plans to demolish the access road to the outpost, which it said was
built on private Palestinian property.
But the state did not speak of any
attempt to legalize the outpost, as it has in other cases.
attorney Shlomi Zachary charged that the state was attempting to undermine the
court decision to evacuate the full outpost.
“The fact that the state is
searching for loopholes and facts that will allow the outpost to remain, is
shameful for the rule of law and another step toward its collapse,” he
Yesh Din is expected to submit its response to the High Court on
the matter on Thursday.
Built in 1995 with NIS 2.1 million from the
Construction and Housing Ministry, Amona is one of the oldest West Bank
According to Peace Now, there are some 60 structures in the
outpost. It was unclear from the state’s response how many homes it wanted to
remove, and how many could remain.
A 2005 government commissioned report
by attorney Talia Sasson stated that the outpost was built on private
Palestinian property without proper permits.
The outpost is best known
for the violent clashes that took place there on February 1, 2006, when the IDF
and the police demolished nine newly built permanent Amona homes on private
Palestinian property that also lacked proper permits.
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