Residents of the Gilad Farm outpost met Tuesday night to consider voluntarily
removing four unauthorized homes in their hilltop community of several dozen
families, according to outpost spokesman Itai Zar.
The state has already informed the High Court
of Justice that there is an understanding in which the Samaria Regional Council
will take down the homes of its own accord.
If not, it has warned,
security forces will forcibly remove them within a week.
“The matter is
still under discussion,” said council head Gershon Mesika. He added that he
would talk about it with Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories
Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot when the two meet on Wednesday.
located in the Samaria region of the West Bank near the Kedumim settlement, was
built in 2001 in memory of Gilad Zar, who was shot dead by Palestinians that
year as he was driving by that area.
The IDF demolished the entire
outpost in 2002 because it lacked authorization. Settlers have since rebuilt
While most of the outpost is located in the West Bank’s Area C, which
is under Israeli military and civil control, two of the endangered homes are on
land situated in Area B, which is under the civil control of the Palestinian
Authority. Another two homes are partially in Area B and partially in Area C.
All Israeli settlements and outposts must be in Area C.
In 2012, the
Israeli NGO Yesh Din petitioned the High Court against the two homes completely
located in Area B.
It did so on behalf of Azzat Assad Rashid Zoan, a
Palestinian resident of Immatin, near Nablus, who claims ownership of the
After the petition was filed, Gilad Farm residents built the two
homes that were partially in Area B.
On June 2, security forces moved to
destroy all four homes. Settlers countered by filing an immediate petition
against the demolition, claiming ownership of the land.
On June 6, the
court rejected their petition, noting that land ownership issues were not
germane. The court said the issue at hand was the absence of authorization and
the presence of the homes in Area B.