Top Israeli judge slams state for building West Bank road against court order 26May10 May 28, 2010

Chaim Levinson  -  Haaretz -  26 May 2010

Washington – Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch is demanding an explanation after the Israeli government defied a supreme court ruling to halt the building of a settlement roadway across private Palestinian land,

Beinisch has given the government 45 days to explain why construction has continued illegally and justify damage to Palestinian private property.

Beinisch’s comments come after the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din denounced the continued building after the Supreme Court ordered it stopped. Yesh Din says the roadway in question is “designed to cut travel time between the West Bank settlements of Givat Hayovel and Eli,” but it will prevent the Palestinian residents of the village of Krayut from accessing their agricultural land.

Yesh Din has said the road is being built without legal permission on private Palestinian land in a village near Krayut. In addition Givat Hayovel is an unauthorized settlement outpost, Ynet news reported, and during her remarks Wednesday, Beinisch said, “if the outpost is illegal, why was the road paved there? Continuing to pave the road after an injunction was issued is a serious matter.”

Israeli state lawyers have claimed they do not know who is responsible for violating the Supreme Court ruling, but Beinisch and fellow justice Esther Hayut said they find it impossible to believe the state does not know what “was happening under its nose.”


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