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Israel Threatens to Demolish Bedouin Homes Despite High Court Order

A Bedouin community in the West Bank. Credit: Emil Salman
A Bedouin community in the West Bank. Credit: Emil Salman
Yotam Berger Aug 21, 2017 2:18 AM
Israel Threatens to Demolish Bedouin Homes Despite High Court Order
In legal spat, Civil Administration says Bedouin groups are playing for time and not addressing the issue in disputed E1 area near Ma’aleh Adumim
The High Court of Justice has forbidden the demolition of Bedouin homes in the E1 area near Ma’aleh Adumim until it is determined whether they can be legalized. However, the Israeli army’s Civil Administration in the West Bank is threatening to destroy them.
A group of Bedouin from Jabal Baba and Bir Al-Maskub are waging a legal battle after the Oversight Subcommittee in Judea and Samaria – a Civil Administration body – threatened to destroy their homes. The group submitted a request last Thursday to declare the Civil Administration in contempt of court, with their lawyer, Shlomo Lecker, asking the court to make it clear that the homes cannot be demolished at this time.
In February, after lengthy legal proceedings, the High Court issued interim restraining orders as part of a compromise agreement under which the Bedouin would approach the Civil Administration’s inspection unit with a request “to examine whether their issues can be corrected, and if it’s possible to delay implementing the [demolition] orders until after the arrangement.” In the event that the Civil Administration could not regularize the Bedouin structures at the site, residents would be given 30 days’ warning before …..

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