News from Peace Now's (Israel) Settlement Watch:
Earlier today (March 7, 2016) the State updated the High Court of Justice on its position regarding Peace Now's
petition for the evacuation of 17 structures in the outpost of Derech Ha'Avot. Due to the "request of the political
echelon" and despite its previous commitments, the State announced that it seeks to work on the retroactive
legalization of 10 of the structures built on private Palestinian land in the illegal outpost. The State hopes to
do so by applying a "First Registration" procedure, a long complex procedure asking applicants to prove legal
ownership of a land. This comes only two years after this land had been surveyed and was not declared state land,
as it had clear owners. If the court accepts the State's position, in the best case scenario the evacuation of the
illegal structures as well as the return of the land to its Palestinian owners will be postponed by several years,
and in the worst case scenario, the State will find a way to retroactively legalize the structures. As for the
remaining 7 structures, the state argued that it will evacuate them within two years.
Peace Now: The government's shameless legal acrobatics efforts meant to take over lands in area C is putting the two state solution in danger. We hope that the High Court will deny the State's attempt to act against its previous commitments and demand the evacuation of the illegal construction in the outpost of Derech Ha'Avot.