The Supreme Court of Israel ordered the government to evacuate a Jewish settlement in the West Bank by March 31st, arguing that there was “no more justification to maintain the current illegal situation and the harm to Palestinians owners’ rights,” Reuters reports.Migron, a hilltop settlement, has a population of about 250 and was founded in 1999. According to Reuters, the Israeli government has already admitted the settlement is illegal, but has tried to postpone its removal due to opposition from the politically powerful settlement movement.
The Israeli government has had much trouble dismantling illegal settlements in the past. Settlers often refuse to leave, forcing Israel soldiers to use force. Settlers also often take revenge by raiding Palestinian villages in the West Bank.
The court ruling said such difficulties could have been “avoided and minimized significantly if the State would have employed effective enforcement methods in the first place and prevented the construction and expansion of the outpost,” according to Ynetnews.com.
The residents of Migron, should they actually evacuate the settlement, will be relocated to Adam, another West Bank settlement, in a plan that was first proposed in 2008.
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