The Supreme Court is scheduled to hold a hearing, Monday, on a petition by about 250 Palestinian Authority Arabs and the Association for Human Rights against their removal from illegal outposts on land in the southern Hevron Hills which is designated for an Israel Defense Forces firing range. The original petition was filed in 2000 but the first hearing was only held in August of 2012. Two new petitions were filed at the beginning of the year against the removal of the Arabs from the site.
Monday's hearing is expected to deal with the state's response in July that the Arabs did not live there before 2000, with an anthropologist's report that the Arab claim is false. The Regevim movement for preservation of state lands took the Association for Human Rights to task for siding with the Arabs and took the state to task for taking so long to respond.