Illegal Israeli settlement to be demolished

Illegal Israeli settlement to be demolished
Settlers have been ordered to vacate fifteen residences in the West Bank as they were built on stolen Palestinian land.
2 min read
11 June, 2018
All Israeli settlements are viewed as illegal under international law (Getty)
Israeli settlers at a wildcat outpost in the occupied West Bank held a protest rally Monday, on the eve of their expected eviction from their homes, a settlers' group said.

A statement from the Yesha settlements council said "thousands" of supporters joined the 50 residents of Netiv Haavot outpost, near Bethlehem.

Israel's Supreme Court in February gave the residents until June 15 to vacate 15 settler homes found to have been built on private Palestinian land.

Residents, and settlement watchdog Peace Now said they expected the evictions to take place on Tuesday.

The right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws support from the settlement movement and has settlers in cabinet posts. 

It has approved a plan to build 350 homes at new plots in Netiv Haavot not subject to the Supreme Court.

The plan also reportedly includes some 60 million shekels ($17 million, 14 million euros) in compensation for the settlers leaving the homes to be demolished and provision for temporary housing for them until construction is complete.

"You wanted to demolish 15 homes, you will get hundreds of homes," Dorni said.

"We will not rest or be silenced until the permanent neighbourhood is built - and it will be built."

All Israeli settlements are viewed as illegal under international law, but Israel differentiates between those it has approved and those it has not.

Peace Now said the Palestinian owners of the land to be vacated have been seeking to have their property restored since the settlers arrived there in 2001.

"After 17 years of theft, evasions, delays, and manipulation, justice will be served as the private land on which the Netiv Haavot outpost was built will be vacated," its said in a statement Monday.

"We call upon the relevant security bodies to allow the rightful Palestinian landowners, who have waited 17 years, to return to their land following the evictions."