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Israel Hopes To ‘Legalize’ 13 Illegal Outposts

The government has announced that it plans to legalize 13 of the 18 settlement outposts against which petitions to the High Court of Justice have been filed.

Because the 13 outposts are not built on privately-owned Palestinian land, the legalization process could presumably make the petitions against them moot.

The remaining five outposts cannot be legalized, because they are located on privately-owned Palestinian land, and so are slated for evacuation.

The first to go will be Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood, which the court has ordered dismantled by July 1. Next in line is Migron, an outpost near Ramallah, which must be dismantled by August 1.

Givat Assaf, an outpost close to Migron that houses 25 families, will likely be evacuated at some point this summer, though it’s unclear when.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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