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Ignoring Court Case, Israel Seizes Solar Panels Powering Bedouin School in West Bank

A Bedouin encampment in the area of Abu Nuwar, May 24, 2015. Credit: Anadolu Agency

Army authorities violate established procedure of waiting until High Court makes an interim decision on a petition before acting

 | Aug 10, 2017 6:12 AM
 
A Bedouin encampment in the area of Abu Nuwar, May 24, 2015. Credit: Anadolu Agency

The Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank seized solar panels that powered a Bedouin school and a preschool outside Jerusalem on Wednesday, even though it knew a petition against the seizure was being filed to the High Court of Justice. Indeed, the court issued a restraining order against the confiscation – an hour after the panels were carted off.

By taking the panels, the military authorities violated the established procedure of waiting until the High Court makes an interim decision on a petition before acting.

The panels stood in the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar, located in the E1 area between Jerusalem and the large settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. Local resident Daoud Basimat sent a letter to the prosecution through attorney Alaa Mahagna, stressing that there was going to be a petition filed against the seizure of the solar panels. The prosecution acknowledged the notice and said it was being passed to the relevant officials.

Nevertheless, the state……

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806053

 

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