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Israel's High Court of Justice issued an order in November that the state must remove homes on private Palestinian property in the unauthorized West Bank outposts of Ma’aleh Rehavam, Mitzpe Yitzhar and Givat Assaf by Sunday. The order was issued in reponse to a 207 petition by Peace Now, and targeted six unauthorized West Bank outposts: Ma’aleh Rehavam, Mitzpe Yitzhar, Givat Assaf, Mitzpe Lachish, Givat Haroeh and Ramat Gilad.
The state, had responded that it had plans to authorize the six outposts, if legally possible, but had not yet done so, and in November, the High Court ordered the state to quit dragging its feet, and that the homes, on private property in three of the outposts, must be removed by May 18.
Settlers in the Ma’aleh Rehavam outpost are planning to fight the order. The Gush Etzion Regional council head wrote to the court, saying, "Most of these Ma’aleh Rehavam residents do not intend to willingly evacuate their homes."