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Regavim Welcomes Injunction Against Illegal Arab Construction

Attorney Amir Fisher welcomes court decision to accept the petition against illegal Arab construction in Susya.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/14/2012, 2:14 AM

Illegal Arab construction near Susya
Illegal Arab construction near Susya
Regavim

Attorney Amir Fisher, who represents the village of Susya and the Regavim NGO, welcomed on Wednesday the Supreme Court's decision to accept the petition against the Arab illegal construction in the area.

On Tuesday, the Civil Administration handed out demolition orders against 52 buildings and tents in Susya, which lies between Kiryat Arba-Hevron and Arad.

Regavim, an NGO watchdog group for Jewish national property rights, filed the petition with the Supreme Court after it documented the Arabs building illegally on State-owned lands.

Fisher told Arutz Sheva that the Supreme Court’s decision can be described as almost historic.

“To date there have never been such decisions,” he said, adding, “It’s the first time the Supreme Court has given an order preventing illegal Palestinian construction. This is not in Area C, but on state land near the Jewish community of Susya.”

Fisher said that the Arab takeover of the area created friction with the Jews. “First they entered caves, then tents and then tin buildings until everything became a whole community. They continue all the time to build at a dizzying pace.”

He added, “They bring in on Shabbat left-wing activists and crowds of people who only want to heat things up and create conflicts. We filed a motion demanding to implement the demolition orders that were filed a long time ago, and asked for a temporary injunction to stop the present construction. Even during the court hearings, they continued to build in the area and establish facts on the ground.”

Fisher said he hopes the Civil Administration will carry out the demolition orders promptly, saying, “I hope it will happen in the coming days. This outpost is neither logical nor reasonable. We will continue to file petitions against illegal Arab construction in every area in Judea and Samaria, as well as in the Negev, Galilee and Wadi Ara.”