Supreme Court freezes Regulation Law

Justice Neal Hendel issues a temporary injunction effectively barring state from implementing regulation procedures detailed in the Law.

Shlomo Pyutrikovsky ,

Judge Neal Hendel
Judge Neal Hendel
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Supreme Court Justice Neal Hendel issued a temporary injunction Thursday preventing the implementation of the Regulation Law.

The order was issued at the request of the Attorney General, Dr. Avihai Mandelblit, which was recently submitted to the High Court of Justice, according to which an official order should be issued to validate an arrangement according to which the state does not actually implement the provisions in the Regulation Law.

According to the order, the existing situation will be frozen so as not to carry out practical expropriation, planning, registration and seizure of land defined as "private Palestinian" for the benefit of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria in accordance with the dates specified in the Regulation Law.

The reason for issuing the order is the arrival of the last date on which, according to the law, Palestinian ownership of land to which the Regulation Law applies must expire.

It should be noted that the petition against the Regulation Law was submitted on behalf of 17 Palestinian local authorities in Judea and Samaria, whose lands are liable to be affected by the implementation of the law.

The Binyamin Council, which was joined as a respondent to the petition regarding the law, informed the High Court of Justice that it opposes the issuing of the order and demands that the law be implemented at the appointed time. The Council said that “any delay in the full implementation of the law extends the time that residents of the Council are hurt, including in honor, property, education and equality, and also hurts the Council's ability to fulfill its function and to ensure the welfare of its residents. "

Adalah Attorneys Suhad Bishara and Misana Morani also argued against the Attorney General's request. "While the Attorney General is requesting an interim order to freeze the expropriation of private Palestinian land under the Regulation Law, he also seeks to freeze the procedures and orders against settlement construction, thus allowing continued harm to Palestinian property rights in the West Bank. Therefore, it is fitting that the Supreme Court issue an interim order that will prevent the implementation of all the provisions of the Regulation Law, including the provisions on the freezing of enforcement against the existing construction in the settlements. "