Settlers' Hopes to Circumvent Demolition of Illegal Homes Quashed by High Court

The homeowners, whose houses are slated to be razed by March 5, had hoped that the new land legalization law might allow the state to expropriate the property and allow them back in, but the state said there was no legal basis for that.

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The High Court of Justice has rejected a request by occupants of the nine homes slated for demolition in the West Bank settlement of Ofra to have the buildings sealed rather than torn down. The court had...