Cannot be used. Sewage treatment facility near Ofra
Yesh Din Organization

High court bans settlers' sewage facility

Sewage treatment facility near Ofra settlement built illegally, cannot be used, judges say

The High Court ruled Wednesday that a sewage treatment facility near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, northeast of Ramallah, was built illegally and therefore cannot be used.


The court criticized the State for granting the facility a building permit and ordered the Binyamin Regional Council to pay for the petitioners' court expenses. The petition was filed by the Yesh Din Human Rights group on behalf of residents of the Palestinian village of Ein Yabrud.



The attorneys representing the Palestinian community had requested in their petition to stop all facility services and funding and to instruct the Civil Administration and Judea and Samaria district police to enforce the demolition orders.

Sewage treatment facility (Photo: Yesh Din Organization)


The justices ruled that the sewage treatment facility shall not be operated nor should construction efforts continue until a legal solution is found. They also ordered the State and Binyamin Regional Council to pay NIS 20,000 (approx. $5,900) for the petitioners' court expenses.


"The court has been exposed to a serious and apparently criminal case, in which authorities stole private Palestinian land and built a facility worth millions in an illegal manner using a fictitious building permit," said attorney Michael Sfard.



פרסום ראשון: 07.27.11, 21:52
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