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  6/30/2013, Tammuz 22, 5773

State Tells High Court of 4 Purchases in Amona


The state submitted a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court, Sunday, containing details of four purchases in the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Amona that were  approved and registered in the land registry. Responding to a petition to uproot the Jews, the state informed the court of a lower-court action involving the purchasers, the details of which are under a gag order. The state said an additional purchase is under review.

While some of the secrecy is standard for land deals in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), some of it is intended to protect the lives of the sellers, since selling to Israelis is a capital offense under Palestinian Authority law. The state did not ask for an extension of the July 15th deadline for evicting the Jews, but asked to supply supplemental information on Thursday.