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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:19 AM

Ulpana can't turn into a memorial for Israel's rule of law Haaretz Editorial

It is a pity that the attorney general is helping to teach the public that some Israelis are above the law, and that it is permitted to spit in the face of the highest judicial instance in the land on their behalf.

At the same time that the prime minister and his cabinet protest against what they call "the delegitimization of the State of Israel" - and not only of the occupation - the government is constantly taking actions that underline the illegitimacy of its policies in the occupied territories. The Netanyahu government rallies to the side of developers who built and sold homes on land that belongs to others, despite demolition orders, a peremptory ruling by the High Court of Justice and the prime minister's own promise to carry it out by the end of this month.

On Friday, the State Attorney's Office notified the High Court that the government was retracting its promise to carry out the eviction order against the Ulpana neighborhood of the Beit El settlement in the West Bank. Unlike the case of the Migron outpost, in which the state requested an extension of three and a half years so that the community could be moved to an adjacent hill, this time the government is requesting a stay in order to review the implementation of the policy of demolishing buildings constructed on private land in the West Bank, including those built without permits in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood. In its request to the court, the state posited "foreign relations, public and operational considerations" against the rule of law and the right to private property.
Beit Elís Ulpana neighborhood.

It is hard to imagine a foreign-relations consideration that supports giving official authorization to robbing the property of a person living under Israeli occupation. It must be hoped that elected officials are not implying that a majority of the Israeli public wants a government that violates orders and rulings of the Supreme Court. The pretext of "operational considerations" gives rise to the proliferation of unauthorized outposts such as Ulpana under the noses of Civil Administration inspectors and Israel Defense Forces officers.

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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 12:33 PM

1. Israel tells High Court will demolish illegal West Bank buildings according to own 'priorities'

High Court of Justice gives authorities 60 days to present new policy regarding settlement construction on private Palestinian land.

By Chaim Levinson and Tomer Zarchin

Illegal buildings built on private land will be demolished in any scenario, Israel's State Prosecutor's said on Sunday, however, the state has asked that such actions be hinged upon a 'list of priorities'.

The state's answer was given following a petition to Israel's High Court of Justice demanding the demolition of two housing projects in the settlement of Beit El in the West Bank. The case in question is separate than the Ulpana neighborhood issue.

snip* The lands in question were seized in the 1970s for military purposes. In 2010, the land owners asked the High Court to order the demolition of the buildings. On April 2011 the state agreed to demolish them in a year's delay, but at the last moment asked for more time in order to examine the action's political implications.

Judge Edna Arbel, former Israeli Attorney General, pressured head of High Court petitions in the State Prosecutor's Office Osant Mendel, asking her whether there has been a change in the state's policy regarding the demolition of buildings built on private land.


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