High Court rejects bid to stop settlement home demolitions

The High Court of Justice turns down an appeal by the residents of nine buildings in the Ofra settlement in the northern West Bank slated for demolition tomorrow.

The appeal asks the court to cancel the demolition, and instead seal up the homes pending some other solution. The court ordered the demolition because the homes are built on privately owned Palestinian land.

If the court had consented to sealing the homes, it would have meant the lifting of the standing demolition order against them, thereby making them subject to the newly passed Regulation Law that requires the state to authorize homes built illegally on private Palestinian land.

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