State: Migron must be evicted on time

Prosecution informs High Court of Justice that residents of illegal West Bank outpost must be evicted according to court-set schedule, despite claim of land ownership

The State Prosecutor's Office informed the High Court of Justice on Monday that the illegal West Bank outpost of Migron must be evicted according to the schedule previously set by the court, despite the fact that the settlers living there claim to have bought the land.


The Prosecution briefed the Ministerial Committee on Settlements on its position in the matter on Sunday night.


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The State further told the court that the legality of the alleged land acquisition was being reviewed.


"There is no legal feasibility for the petitioners' continued stay in Migron… Honoring and adhering to the court's ruling in the matter mandates that Migron will be evicted as scheduled," the State said.


"All of the structures built in Migron are illegal and have has standing razing orders against them for years,"


Nevertheless, the State said that the question of the legality of some of the buildings, built on land the settlers claim to have purchased from their Arab owners, is still under review.


The Prosecution asked the court for three additional months in order to examine the issue, but stressed that despite that, the buildings cannot be used as housing units.


The Regavim Movement – a social movement for preserving Israel's State lands and national properties – said that the Prosecution's brief "Lacks any legal logic and essentially mocks the Ministerial Committee on Settlements. It's hard not to think that the State has made up its mind to evict Migron from the very beginning and is now trying to find a way to reason its moves."


A statement by Migron said that, "The question of who is the 'State' became very poignant today. The Court is facing a tough decision – does it adopt the decision made by a responsible government, that seeks to keep a settlement built on acquired land; or does it side with the Prosecution, and force the government to evict law abiding citizens."


Itamar Fleishman contributed to this report



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