In response to Amona: Petition filed to evacuate Palestinian community

An Israeli right-wing NGO has filed a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court to evacuate and demolish a Palestinian settlement built on private lands owned by Jewish people. The petitioners claim that their goal is to reveal selective enforcement of illegal construction by the Supreme Court.
12 Palestinian structures built on private Jewish land may face demolition Photo Credit: Noam Moskowitz, Flash90/Channel 2 News

One of the right-wing’s primary arguments used against the Israeli Supreme Court is that it “selectively enforces” the demolition of illegal construction, upholding the law only against Jewish construction. However, a petition to evacuate and demolish a Palestinian community, which was illegally built on privately owned Jewish land, has just been filed.

This illegal Palestinian community is made up of 12 structures and located near the settlement Alfei Menashe. The land on which the Palestinians settled actually belongs to the Himunta company, a subsidiary of KKL, which qualifies it to be considered as a legal parallel to the Amona case. The Israeli Defense Ministry and the Israeli Civil Administration now need to respond to the petition, which has been filed by Regavim.

The petition aims to force a uniform regulation and enforcement of construction laws in general and in the process, expose hypocrisy within the Israeli Supreme Court if the court starts to impede the case. At such a point, the petitioners will most likely be able to claim that just as there is quick enforcement when it comes to illegal construction by Jewish settlers, there should be equal enforcement against any illegal Palestinian communities.

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