Photo: Gil Yochanan
2006 Amona eviction
Photo: Gil Yochanan

State: Postpone Amona eviction because of new gov't

After securing extension on deadline for eviction of illegal outpost, State motions for additional delay to allow 'new political echelon to learn petition'

The State has motioned the High Court of Justice for an additional postponement in the eviction of the illegal outpost Amona. The reason: To allow the new political echelon to be briefed on the issues of the petition.


The motion cited settlers' ownership claims over parts of the land, but nonetheless stressed that the reason for the request was the formation of the new government.


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The State was meant to evict the Amona, which was built on privately owned land, by the end of 2012.


Last November, it requested a six-month extension. Justices Asher Grunis, Esther Hayut and Hanan Melcer granted the request and gave a new deadline for the eviction - April 30, 2013.


The current motion cites the date June 22 as the date the State will present the case before the new ministers.


השבעת הממשלה החדשה (צילום: אבי אוחיון לע"מ)

New government (Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO)


The outpost was formed in 1995 adjacent to the settlement of Ofra.


Over the years additional structures were added, and these saw a number of razing orders filed against them.


During the demolition of one of these structures in 2006, hundreds of citizens protesting its demolition were injured in clashes with security forces.


Two years later, a legal proceeding into the legality of the outpost itself was initiated, and saw the State acknowledging the outpost was in fact illegal, leading to a decision to evict it in its entirety.


The High Court has already expressed resentment at the government's alleged foot-dragging regarding the outpost's eviction, and now its judges will have to deal with yet another motion to postpone.


Meanwhile, the proposed eviction is likely to spark political tensions within the new government, in light of the fact that some of its ministers have publicly opposed outpost evictions.


Itamar Fleishman contributed to this report



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