(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The High Court of Justice denied on Sunday a petition filed by the Regavim
movement, which argued that the government should be ordered to issue a
demolition order against a Palestinian school built near Beit Sira, 22 km. west
Regavim, whose stated aim is to “preserve the lands of
Israel for the Jewish people,” had asked the court to order the prime minister
and defense minister, and the IDF’s Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria
and Central Command to explain why they had not initiated demolition proceedings
against the school, which it said had been built illegally.
The school is
in Area C, under full Israeli control, where construction requires an Israeli
Regavim also said that the school building, which is
designed to house 400 students, is “part of an organized PA program to build
schools and mosques in Area C territory in Judea, Samaria and Binyamin,” to
establish facts on the ground for a future Palestinian state.
to reject the petition, the panel of three Supreme Court justices, Miriam Naor,
Esther Hayut and Hanan Melzar, said that in setting priorities for regulating
Palestinian building in the area, the government is guided by security concerns.
This particular school, which the justices noted was partially funded by the EU,
was not a high priority for demolition according to these
However, the justices did criticize the fact that the school’s
construction had continued despite a stop-work order and said that more must be
done to prevent court injunctions being violated in this way.