Ofra homes:
High Court rejects Ofra petition - houses to be demolished

Justices reject Ofra residents request to seal rather than demolish 9 homes, approve destruction of houses.

Reut Hadar ,

Ofra demonstration
Ofra demonstration
Eliran Aharon

High Court justices announced this afternoon (Monday) their rejection of Ofra resident's petition asking not to demolish nine homes slated for demolition.

The judges did not accept the resident's request to seal the nine houses rather than demolish them and also clarified the regulatory law does not apply to them.

Last Wednesday the state responded to Ofra resident's request that the nine houses not be destroyed but rather sealed.

In its response, the state argued that the Regulation Law does not apply to these nine houses. The state noted that it did not believe there is reason not to destroy the homes and thus its position is that the request should be rejected.

This morning IDF forces deployed at checkpoints in east Benjamin in preparation for the destruction of the nine houses, which is planned for tomorrow (Tuesday)

The purpose of the checkpoints is to deny access to activists wishing to visit and protest the destruction, and to redirect their movements into controllable arrest zones.

Police forces arrived yesterday in one of the nine homes, which is not inhabited, and began to evacuate teenagers staying there with plans to protest against the destruction.

After coordinating with Ofra's youth coordinator, the teenagers left the building without confrontation and troops stood down.