Six Arab villagers living next to Ramat Migron have petitioned the High Court of Justice calling upon the State of Israel to give them caravans due to their critical housing shortage. High Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein instructed the state to respond to the petition within 10 days.
The residents of Machmas explain their village is out of space and the land on which the Migron caravans are located is critical for their expansion. In the past, the residents turned to the IDF Civil Administration seeking permission to use the caravans on the land in place of the Migron residents. The village is located about 2km (1.2 miles) from the caravan site delegated for Migron residents by the government. The area was set up to accommodate 50 temporary buildings, providing Migron residents with a home until their new community is constructed if they are compelled to evacuate the yishuv. At present, the eviction is on hold as Migron residents claim to have purchased 80% of the homes from their Arab owners, and as such, they feel they should not have to move out.
The villagers from Machmas now want the temporary area and the homes, which cost the government 33 million NIS.
In a bold move, the petitioners ask the court why it allocates temporary homes to the residents of Migron, whom they label “law breakers who ignore the High Court’s decisions” while they are the real victims, ousted from their land.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)