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May 24, 2012

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Thursday May 24, 2012 10:04 by Sean Mohan – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Despite an Israeli High Court ruling that the Ulpana settlement neighborhood must be vacated and demolished because it is illegal, a Knesset bill that had been proposed to circumvent the court’s ruling has been stalled to allow more time for the government to settle the issue. Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed his own Defense Minister to disobey the High Court and stall any demolitions.

Netanyahu is under heavy pressure from right-wing ministers to use legislation to circumvent the High Court of Justice and prevent the evacuation of Beit-El’s Ulpana neighborhood. The High Court has given the State a July 1 deadline to demolish five houses in the neighborhood.

This latest development was predicted by the High Court itself, which, when making the ruling, had warned against any government-led efforts…

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