The High Court of Justice has postponed a destruction order against a synagogue in the settlement of Givat Ze’ev that was scheduled to be knocked down today.
The Yesh Din NGO brought a legal petition on behalf of Palestinian plaintiffs who claimed the land on which the Ayelet Hashachar synagogue was built belonged to them, although the leaders of the synagogue claim that they paid for the land in full.
The High Court ruled in July 2014 rejected the arguments of the synagogue and ordered that the building to be knocked down.
Minister of the Economy Aryeh Deri was informed of the pending destruction last Wednesday and liaised with the Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to postpone the destruction order.
According to the agreement that was reached on Sunday, the synagogue will be closed down and sealed for six months so that the leaders of the community will have time to arrive at an agreement with the Palestinian plaintiffs.
Organizers of a planned protest at the synagogue this evening against the destruction said the rally would still take place but that it would be turned into a thanksgiving ceremony and that prayers would be said for the total cancellation of the destruction order.
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