High Court orders Migron outpost evacuated within 6 days

Court rejects Migron residents' petition to delay eviction, demolition of homes, orders evacuation by next week, demolition a week later; decision sets special conditions for "block 10," which settlers claim to have purchased.

August 29, 2012 19:26
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Migron outpost

Migron outpost 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

The High Court of Justice late Wednesday primarily ruled against Migron outpost residents' petition to delay their eviction from and the demolition of their homes, ordering the evacuation by September 4 and the buildings demolished by September 11.

Some Migron residents had claimed to have legally purchased land in Block 10 of the Migron outpost. While rejecting the petition, the court also supported the state's opinion that structures in Block 10 may remain until the purchase claim is fully investigated.

Peace Now, which filed the petition against the outpost six years ago, welcomed the decision calling it a "victory for the rule of law over the method of establishing illegal lands in the West Bank."

Migron outpost residents on Monday afternoon petitioned the High Court of Justice to delay the evacuation of the 50 families that live there until such time as their new homes are ready.

The court had ordered the families to leave because their homes were built without permits on land classified by the state as belonging to private Palestinians.

MK Danny Danon (Likud) called for an emergency ministerial meeting following the Supreme Court decision. "The Likud government must stop ignoring our citizens that reside in Judea and Samaria," Danon said. "The Supreme Court would not have ordered the evacuation of the homes (in Migron) if they had belonged to Arabs or Sudanese."

Tovah Lazaroff and Yonah Jeremy Bob contributed to this report

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