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Justice Delayed


According to the results of the Regavim investigation, since early 2008 the Supreme Court has issued 162 interim orders against demolition of illegally constructed Palestinian buildings in Judea and Samaria, and the State Attorney defers discussion on the judicial orders time after time. In the field – chaos reigns.




As soon as the Civil Administration inspectors issue a demolition order against illegal Palestinian construction in Judea and Samaria, the State Attorney makes sure that these orders are not carried out.  The process works like this: after the issuing of a demolition order, the Lawbreaking Palestinians run to the Supreme Court and the judges easily issue and interim order against the demolition. The State Attorney, whose job it is to represent the state, the rule of law and public interest, asks the court over and over again for delay – so that, in reality, the illegal construction continues undisturbed and the demolition orders remain meaningless and are not carried out.  A suspicion arises that the State Attorney’s habit of creating delay in dealing with cases is meant to prevent, in the end of the process, implementation of demolition orders by the Civil Administration.


Regavim, upon recognition of this phenomenon, recently contacted the Supreme Court case department and demanded that it change its policy, and to begin to act on the 162 cases under discussion.

At the same time, Regavim requested that the Supreme Court take note of this phenomenon and to recognize Regavim as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) regarding illegal Palestinian construction in the large antiquities site called Hirbet Zanuta, located near the Sam’a junction  in the southern Hebron  Mountain area. Paving and infrastructure work is taking place there, without authorization and resulting in damage to the antiquities.

Attached to this request was a detailed table mapping the 162 cases that are presently dependent on the Supreme Court and have been awaiting the state’s response for the last three years.

Regavim is determined to force the State Attorney to submit its response to the interim orders, and by this to expedite dealing with the rash of illegal Palestinians construction in Judea and Samaria.


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