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Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Outposts Built in Judea and Samaria, says Peace Now - 'A Defeat for Peace Now'

Resident of Judea and Samaria forcibly evicted
from his home by Israeli authorities
Source: Israel Hayom
By Efrat Forsher

Peace Now intends to petition the High Court of Justice to remove the new Nahlei Tal and Tzofim North outposts • Residents claim outposts were built on land belonging to established settlements.

Palestinian working at a construction site in Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem, in March 2011. | Photo credit: AP

The Peace Now movement claimed on Tuesday that two new Jewish outposts were recently built on government-owned land in Judea and Samaria.

According to residents of the outposts, Nahlei Tal in the Binyamin region and Tzofim North in Samaria were built on land belonging to the already established Talmon and Tzofim settlements.

Israel Hayom has also learned that two months ago, 10 prefabricated homes were set up in the Nofei Prat settlement in the Binyamin region without government approval.

A representative of Peace Now said that as opposed to smaller outposts set up by members of the hilltop youth movement, the new structures are being constructed with aid from local authorities, such as the development of roads and preparation of the ground and infrastructure for the homes.

Five new homes were placed in Tzofim North and seven were placed in Nahlei Tal. All the homes were connected to the national electric grid and water carrier.

Peace Now intends to petition the High Court of Justice to instruct the relevant authorities to destroy the homes.

A statement by the Civil Administration said it was aware of the matter and orders to destroy all of the new homes have been issued.

'A Defeat for Peace Now'

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Gil Ronen

Nationalist land dealer Moshe Zar hailed the State Attorney's Office (SAO) reply to a High Court motion, in which the SAO said that radical leftist group Peace Now does not represent real-life Arabs when it files motions against Jewish outposts in Judea and Samaria.

The SAO's position comes as a surprise, as the office is generally considered a bastion of radical leftism.

Zar told Arutz Sheva that in its reply, the state used the central argument that the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria have usually used, namely – that the Peace Now motions are frivolous and that they do not represent any Arabs.

"The State's response to the High Court was that this is a public body that has no relevance to outposts and that they therefore do not have the right to file these motions," he said. "This is a good answer, and if the High Court accepts the argument, it will in effect be taking away Peace Now's right to file motions against outposts in the future.

"They always claim that there are virtual Palestinians who own the land but they do not bring any Palestinian. You cannot bring a nonexistent petitioner. There is no real plaintiff who comes to the court, signs an affidavit and gives witness, so why accept such a motion?"

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