Sde Boaz, aerial view
Sde Boaz, aerial view Community Spokesperson

Supreme Court Justice Uri Shoham issued a temporary injunction preventing the demolition of structures in the community of Sde Boaz in Gush Etzion until a different decision is made.

The houses were supposed to have faced demolition tomorrow morning.

The houses in question are four permanent structures built about three weeks ago in Sde Boaz and are in legal proceedings against the state.

The buildings were built on “survey land,” or land about which there is no suspicion of private ownership but whose status the government still has not “normalized,” and four families live there with their children.

In 2012, in coordination with then-Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon, the residents of the community agreed to evacuate four structures, and Ya’alon promised in return to work for legal planning and proper normalization of Sde Boaz.

Since then, no progress has been made by the Civil Administration regarding the governmental promise given by the Minister.

The community of Sde Boaz was established 15 years ago, near Route 60 south of Jerusalem.

An extension of the community of Neve Daniel, over the years the community planned and built houses, roads and infrastructure with the help of NGOs for building the land of Israel and the Gush Etzion Regional Council. The established homes house families with children (about 30 families and about 100 children in the entire community).

“The normalization of the community and a declaration recognizing the survey lands as state land is a worthy and warranted step. I am glad that the court decided to postpone the eviction until another hearing in the High Court of Justice takes place, since, before it was decided to destroy the houses, it had been already been promised for several years by the former Minister of Defense that the land would be declared state land,” Shlomo Ne'eman, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said in response to the decision.