Illegal Migron Settlers Vow To Resist Eviction

By JTA

Published August 26, 2012.

Residents of the West Bank outpost of Migron have said they will not leave their homes until the Supreme Court rules on a request to halt their evacuation due to their purchase of the land.

Residents of the outpost earlier this month asked the court to halt the evacuation as it works to verify the claims by some residents that they had purchased, or repurchased, the land on which their homes are located.

The eviction is scheduled for Tuesday, the same day that the court is scheduled to discuss the case. The residents say they will not leave before the hearing. The Defense Ministry has called on the residents to leave peacefully, beginning in the morning.

About 50 families live in the outpost, which is located some 14 miles north of Jerusalem. Some 17 families are contesting the evacuation, saying they own the land their homes are built on.

Temporary homes have been established in the nearby settlement of Psagot for the Migron families. But the Migron residents will only be able to move into the homes if the leave their outpost voluntarily, according to reports.

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.



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