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New date set for Migron settlement evacuation

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July 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

A Jewish settler walks near temporary homes in the unauthorized Jewish outpost of Migron near the West Bank city of Ramallah, in this Feb. 6 file picture. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files

A Jewish settler walks near temporary homes in the unauthorized Jewish outpost of Migron near the West Bank city of Ramallah, in this Feb. 6 file picture. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files

Israel’s Supreme Court said that the evacuation of an illegal West Bank settlement must take place by Aug. 21.

The judges granted the government request Friday to postpone the eviction of the Migron, home to about 50 families, until Aug. 21, according to Haaretz. An earlier postponement had decided the date would be Aug. 1.

The state requested that the delay not take place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid worries of “price tag” reprisal attacks by settlers that could have inflamed tensions with Palestinians, according to Haaretz.

Supreme Court Justice Edna Arbel recently said that “the request for a delay today, is preparation for another request to delay next month.”

In March, the Supreme Court ruled against an attempt by the government to postpone to 2015 the demolition of Migron, which the Palestinians say is built on their land. Deferrals against the demolition stretch back to 2006.

The settlers, who deny that Migron is built on private Palestinian land, had signed a deal with the Netanyahu government agreeing to relocate to a nearby hill over the next three years.

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