This week we returned to the court in Jerusalem in order to discuss the future of the lands of the village Krayut in the OT. The lands of Krayut are located at the entrance to the village. The case was returned to court after our appeal was accepted by the District Court.
The case centers on the prevention of the Palestinian residents of Krayut having the ability to freely access their lands. We initially turned to the Legal Adviser of the territories who investigated the evidence of the Palestinians and the relevant documentation (with our legal staff) and decided to permit Palestinians to access their lands and to provide protection for them.
The judge decided that even though the settlers did not have sufficient proof that the land belongs to them, to issue a temporary order to give the settlers access to the land and prevent the Palestinians access (see Hain Levinson’s article in Maariv).
The settlers immediately entered the land and started to “prove his ownership” (see pictures in on old site). We appealed to the district court which accepted our appeal and the discussion returned to the magistrates court in Jerusalem. The State Attorney is on our side and submitted an opinion that there can not be ownership on lands without proving it with legal documents even if the people who claim it worked on the land. This amounts to land robbery.
The Palestinian farmers, the owners of the lands, testified at Sunday’s discussion and we had to object because the translations were inaccurate. This caused a great deal of damage to the Palestinians and their prosecution. The settler brought fruit to the court which he claimed had grown on the land. He brought the judge the fruit in order to soften his heart. There was no decision as yet.