High Court Orders Demolition of 17 Settler Buildings Built on Private Palestinian Land in Tapuach

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Synagogue being removed from the settler outpost of  Tapuach, 2004.
Synagogue being removed from the settler outpost of Tapuach, 2004.Credit: Nir Kafri

The High Court on Tuesday ordered the destruction of 17 illegal structures placed on privately owned Palestinian land at the Tapuach outpost in the West Bank.

The court’s president, Miriam Naor, set a deadline of June 22, 2018 for carrying out the order.

The verdict follows a High Court ruling ordering the demolition of nine homes in Ofra as well as some buildings in Netiv Haavot in the Gush Etzion bloc that had been built on private Palestinian land.

The petition was filed on behalf of Palestinians from the nearby village of Yasuf. They contested the locations of 18 settler homes in Tapuach. The judge found that 17 were built on privately owned land; one house was built on state land and therefore will not be demolished.

The law to retroactively legalize the expropriation of privately owned Palestinian land passed by the Knesset on Monday will not prevent these demolitions.

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