Amona evacuation could impact Israel’s capital city, says Jerusalem Mayor

Just before the Israeli Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to postpone the evacuation of Amona by seven months, Jerusalem’s mayor warned that the evacuation would most likely have implications for Israel’s capital city.
Amona Photo Credit: Noam Moskowitz/Flash 90

While the Israeli Supreme Court judges debate whether or not to approve the state’s request to delay the evacuation of Amona by seven months, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat warned that the evacuation could have implications for Israel’s capital city.

In a letter he sent to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Barkat warned that a ruling in regards to Amona will create a precedent that would require his municipality to evacuate Arab residents from their homes in East Jerusalem because they were built on private land owned by Jewish people.  

“It was recently brought to my attention that in my city, Jerusalem, there are essentially similar cases in which Arab villages were built on lands owned by Jewish people in East Jerusalem,” wrote Barkat in his letter. “In addition, there are also municipal-owned and government-owned lands on which Arab villages were built.”

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