Ulpana outpost near Beit El 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Palestinians on Tuesday petitioned the High Court of Justice against the
remaining nine stone buildings in the Ulpana outpost, located on the outskirts
of the Beit El settlement, according to Israeli activist Dror Etkes.
summer the Civil Administration destroyed five of the 14 buildings located in
the outpost, after the nongovernmental organization Yesh Din appealed to the HCJ
in 2008 against the homes, claiming they were illegally built on private
Palestinian land from the nearby village of Dura-al-Kara.
accepted the state’s finding that the land was private Palestinian property and
ordered the destruction of the five stone apartment buildings, each of which
housed six families.
The Ulpana residents agreed to leave the homes after
a deal was reached in which the government would build 300 new homes for the
Beit El settlement.
Now the Palestinians, with the Etkes’ help, have
appealed to the court to remove the remaining nine buildings in the Ulpana
outpost, located on land, which they say also belongs to them.
the Palestinians were encouraged to petition the court because Yesh Din
succeeded in its petition.
“The land belongs to the Palestinians and the
state has not done anything to remove the settlers,” Etkes
According to the 2005 government- commissioned report on West Bank
outposts by attorney Talia Sasson, the Ulpana was first created in 1995 without
permits on private Palestinian property outside the boundary of Beit El. She
added that the Construction and Housing Ministry spent NIS 4.5 million on
infrastructure for the outpost.
Many Ulpana residents who purchased the
homes did not know that they were outside the settlement’s boundaries or that
they lacked permits. They received bank mortgages and government grants to help
with the purchase of their homes.
The Ulpana spokesman could not be
reached for comment.