May 14, 2012
Ulpana residents ask Supreme Court to reconsider evacuation order
Two Ulpana residents have asked Israel’s Supreme Court to reconsider its evacuation order against the neighborhood on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement in the West Bank.
Sunday’s petition, also submitted by the Forum for Law in Israel, asks the court to revoke its decision on razing the five apartment buildings, which are home to 30 families.
The Jerusalem District Court has heard a case on the ownership of the land, but it is not known when the court will rule.
Israel’s Supreme Court ruled last September that the neighborhood should be razed, siding with a lawsuit filed by Palestinians who said they owned the land. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld its ruling when it rejected the Israeli government’s request to delay the razing of Ulpana.
The couple who petitioned the court said they had not been cited in the Palestinians’ lawsuit and paid for their homes in full 10 years ago, when the neighborhood was completed, and they should not be razed.
The residents have not received any demolition orders, nor has there been any discussion about compensation, according to reports.
Some Israeli lawmakers are looking to submit legislation that would circumvent the court’s ruling.