Civil Administration nixes order to take land for settlement road

Rights group Yesh Din calls decision a landmark in struggle against the illegal use of Palestinian land

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

The IDF’s Civil Administration decided Thursday to cancel confiscation orders on Palestinian land outside Ramallah issued 12 years ago, Israel Radio reported.

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The 150 acres situated near the villages of Ein Arik, Dayr Ibzi’, and Beitunia, was allotted for paving a road to connect the settlements of Dolev and Talmon to Route 443, shortening the drive to Jerusalem.

Three years ago the High Court of Justice rejected a petition by the Jewish settlements demanding that the Civil Administration be forced pave the road. A year later, leaders of the Arab villages appealed to cancel the confiscation orders on the land in question.

Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization representing the Palestinians, said that the decision set a precedent and is a landmark in the struggle against illegal use of Palestinians lands.

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