Thursday, September 13, 2012

Israeli Government Asks High Court to Expand 40 West Bank settlements

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA 
TEL AVIV, September 13, 2012 (WAFA) – The Israeli government submitted a request to the Israeli high court to allow construction in 40 West Bank settlements, which were built on private-owned land based on expropriation orders for private land issued for military purposes, reported the Israeli Haartez newspaper on Thursday.
This request came in response to a petition filed by the Yesh Din, Volunteers for Human Rights organization, demanding to implement the demolition orders issued for structures built in Beit El near Ramallah on private land, said Haartez.
Haartez said that the Israeli government admits in its request that 40 settlements were built based on military orders for security purposes and that the construction continued despite a high court decision that prevents building on private-owned land.
Israeli attorneys Michael Sfard said, “The Israeli government continues to breach international laws and is only interested in the rights of Jews, disregarding the simplest rights of Palestinians.”