In light of the High Court of Justice ruling compelling the eviction and destruction of Amona in Shomron, there are growing fears that Arabs in the area of Betar Illit will emerge successful in challenges pertaining to buildings in the chareidi community.
Speaking with Noam Zeigman of Kol Berama Radio, Betar Mayor Meir Rubinstein explained there are currently dozens of buildings in the city that are the subject of legal inquiries as a result of Arabs claiming ownership of the land they occupy. “I hope we do not reach the position of Amona” explained the mayor. He adds the legal battle is taking place on a number of fronts including the courts and municipal proceedings. The mayor expressed his fears during the interview, aware the courts have ruled in favor of Arabs challenging the legitimacy of many homes, including nine homes in Ofra built in the community over 20 years ago.
The residents of nine homes in Yishuv Ofra are anxiously watching the developments pertaining to Amona and the Regulation Bill, as the nation’s High Court of Justice ruled that they too must leave their homes, homes they have bene living in for over two decades after the court ruled they were built on privately owned Arab land. This fear has spread to many communities throughout Yehuda and Shomron as a growing number of Arabs are challenging ownership of Jewish buildings in those areas.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)