Under the threat of an upcoming High Court discussion, the Civil Administration finally issued an order forbidding Israelis to enter 25 acres of land belonging to Fawzi Ibrahim from Jalud. Tzvi Struk and other settlers had violently taken over Fawzi's land next to the Aish Kodesh and Akhia outposts in 2011, actually planting a vineyard on part of his land. Until Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) intervened, the army did nothing, and sometimes even helped the settlers expel Fawzi from his land. After RHR appealed to the High Court, the army acknowledged that the land had been illegally taken over, but Struk appealed. Last week the State Attorney notified the court that the order had finally been signed. RHR will now make sure that Fawzi can safely work his land, and continue our efforts to return additional lands in the area and throughout the occupied territories. Click here for more information.
In 2006, RHR obtained a decision from the Legal Advisor in the occupied territories that the 125 acres taken over by Ya'akov Talya must be returned to the Palestinian owners. They have been able to work their lands ever since. Immediately after the decision, RHR helped the Abu-Samra family plant trees on part of their land. However, Talya appealed the decision, forcing us to go back to court. Three weeks ago, Talya withdrew his appeal, acknowledging that the law was not on his side. However, he reserved the right to appeal again, AND EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT IF ISRAEL ADAPTS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE LEVY COMMISSION, THE LAW WILL BE ON HIS SIDE. The Commission was formed by the government to legalize settler outposts build on lands Israel recognizes as owned by Palestinians.
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