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  4/11/2013, Iyar 1, 5773

State Told to Say Why Burin Mosque Not Unusable


A three-judge panel of the Supreme Court gave the state two-and-a-half months from Thursday to explain why a demolition order was not carried out on an illegally-built mosque in the Samarian (Shomron) Palestinian Authority village of Burin. The order followed a Wednesday hearing on a petition by the Regavim movement for protection of state lands to destroy the Burin mosque and an illegally-built mosque in Jilzun, next to the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Beit El.

In the case of the Burin mosque, the judges, including Court President Asher Grunis and Court Vice President Miriam Naor, said the state could only discuss alternative methods of making the mosque unusable, specifically mentioning sealing it up. The judges decided not to issue an order to destroy the Jilzun mosque, noting that it was already completed before the petition, but called for an examination of security concerns due to the mosque's proximity to Beit El, which the Defense Ministry and the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria said it would carry out.