Washington - Yesterday, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected the latest effort by settlers from the illegal outpost of Migron to prevent the outpost's evacuation. The Court ruled that the outpost must be evacuated by next Tuesday, September 4th.
Commenting on the ruling, APN President and CEO Debra DeLee stated:
"We welcome the Court's decision and commend our colleagues in Shalom Achshav, the Israeli Peace Now movement, for this victory in their indefatigable efforts to see the rule of law implemented with respect to settlements.
"As Peace Now executive director Yariv Oppenheimer noted, this decision is a victory for the rule of law and a statement against the system of building illegal outposts in the territories. It transforms Migron from a symbol of defiance and anarchy into a symbol of respect for the court and the legal system.
"We proudly echo Peace Now's view that this ruling is an important achievement for all of us who believe in a two-state solution and Israeli democracy. As Yariv noted, this judgment 'should be a bright light for Israeli society that proves that the settlers are not above the law.'"
"Nobody should forget that as a reward for their years-long efforts in the service of Israel's rule of law with respect to Migron, Peace Now leaders have faced an almost non-stop stream of threats and intimidation, including repeated death threats. We are humbled by their courage and refusal to cower in the face of these threats. They are proud, patriotic Israelis, motivated not by hostility toward the settlers, but by their deep commitment to Israel and its viability as a Jewish state and a democracy. It is an honor for us to call them colleagues and friends.
"We recognize that the coming days will not be easy for the Migron settlers. We urge them and their supporters to reject violence and peacefully heed the Court's rulings, consistent with their obligations as citizens of Israel. We condemn those extremists, including those in the Knesset, who are directly and indirectly encouraging the settlers to further defy Israeli law by resisting evacuation."