Court rejects appeal of upcoming settlement homes demolition

The High Court of Justice rejected an appeal to halt the upcoming demolition of nine buildings constructed without permits on private Palestinian land in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra. Residents of Ofra requested that the nine buildings, eight of which are homes, be sealed off rather than destroyed

That would have made them eligible for being spared in accordance with legislation passed earlier this month known as the Regulation Law. The law legalizes Jewish homes constructed illegally on Palestinian land, if homeowners can prove they built their homes in good faith or received government assistance.

Palestinians whose land is expropriated under the law are eligible to receive either financial compensation or alternative plots elsewhere. However, the judges ruled unanimously that the evacuation of the buildings must go ahead.