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More Settlers Homes on Palestinian Land: Photos

An aerial photograph of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El reveals that aside from the five houses to be relocated, part of a sixth house also sits on the land belonging to a Palestinian, and it too will have to be relocated. The civil administration confirmed that the sixth house has also been issued a demolition warrant, along with five caravans constructed illegally on Dora al-Qara’s lands near the Beit El settlement.

The aerial photograph was taken by Dror Etkes, a prominent anti-settlement activist.

In response to Haaretz’s questions about the sixth house, a Justice Ministry spokesman said: “The petition to the High Court of Justice and the state’s response related to five permanent constructions.” Asked why the State

Prosecutor’s Office does not begin implementation of demolition orders issued by the civil administration to all the houses in the neighborhood, including the caravans, instead of waiting for High Court of Justice injunctions in petitions by plaintiffs and human rights organizations, the spokesman said: “As we have declared in the past, the attorney general stressed in his letter to the prime minister that illegal construction on private land is a difficult and problematic issue, requiring governmental attention and adequate funding.

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