In an unprecedented ruling, the Kiryat Gat Magistrate's court ordered the state on Tuesday to revoke 51 demolition orders against buildings in the unrecognized Beduin village of al-Sira.
The ruling came in response to requests filed in 2006 by the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights after the state issued ex parte demolition orders against almost all the buildings in the village, southeast of Beersheba. Khalil Alamour, a member of al-Sira's village committee and its spokesman, praised the judge's decision, saying that had the state demolished the houses over 300 people would have lost their homes.
"This is the biggest gift that the court could have given us, and for this we thank the judge," Alamour told The Jerusalem Post
after the ruling, adding that his fellow villagers "started to breathe again" when they heard that the demolition orders had been canceled.