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Update on Susya High Court hearing

3 Comments 18 August 2016

See below for recent updates on the renewed threat to the Palestinian village of Susya.


AUGUST 18 UPDATE: The State has requested the Court grant them a postponement until November 15th to submit their (the State’s) decision on whether or not dialogue between residents of Susya and the Civil Administration will continue. In addition, the State demands the power to demolish about 30% of the village, even before the November 15th date. In response, the Court ordered the State to explain if the State will agree to give prior notice before demolitions “given the factual dispute” between the sides.

AUGUST 1 UPDATE: Judge Naor, Barak-Erez and Hayut ruled to grant the state two weeks to submit the position of Defence Minister Lieberman concerning the proceedings. This might also include how communication between the state and the residents of Susya (i.e. the Petitioners) will continue. After this submission, the High Court can, amongst other things, determine whether to call for another hearing or, if the position submitted is positive, direct the sides to continue dialogue. Regarding the 30 structures currently under threat of immediate demolition, Judge Naor hinted that there would not be demolitions until the decision.

JULY 26 PRESS RELEASE: Unilateral and sudden suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions.

Refusal by the state to continue dialogue regarding the authorization of Susya implies an increased threat of demolitions occurring to 40% of the village. Were this to occur, the already very difficult humanitarian conditions existing in the village would be greatly exacerbated.Continuation of dialogue between residents and the State now depends on Israel’s new minister of defense.

For the most part, the situation in Susya will be decided by the High Court in an upcoming hearing scheduled for Monday August 1 at 9am. During this hearing, the Court will decide if it will accept the state’s request to immediately and without prior notice demolish 40% of the village. Most of the structures currently slated for demolition are residential, providing living quarters to approximately 100 people.

It is important to acknowledge that the IDF’s Civil Administration – responsible for planning in Area C – refuses to issue building permits to the residents of Susya. Over the years, dozens of these requests have been denied during on-going, protracted legal discussions. Faced with no other options, residents are forced to build ramshackle structures and tents on their privately owned land in order to survive the harsh desert conditions. The destruction of these basic structures will cause great deterioration to the living conditions in the village, which are already quite low.

Talks with the Israeli authorities were held over the last three months with the objective of looking into the option of legalizing the village from a planning perspective.  However, two weeks ago, this dialogue was abruptly halted and residents were informed that any agreement to continue them was now the responsibility of the new minister of defense. Discussions with senior members of the administration gave rise to suspicions that the village was under the increasing threat of immediate demolitions.  These indications,  in addition to the demolition of structures in the general area of Susya over the Ramadan holiday — a rare move made by the army — set a dangerous precedent and raise concerns that political considerations have been introduced to the professional planning process. All of this is to the detriment of the local Palestinian population, already suffering under a discriminatory planning system. Urgent actions is now needed in order to save Susya.

More on the history of Susya

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  1. ann/stan sprayregen/sperber says:

    Jews must remember their own history and not identify with the oppressor.

  2. Rachamim Dwek says:

    As usual RHR deceives its almost entirely foreign readership. “Hinted?” In fact RHR asked for an Interim Injunction on demolitions and was denied. Israel’s High Court is not an interpretive forum. “No” is always no and while RHR will not tell you that there is good reason for the denial.

    In 2001 the Arabs living near Sussiya were given an open-ended Injunction so long as they preserved the status quo and did not construct further illegal structures in the vicinity. Under the advice of RHR and allied Leftist NGOs like Operation Dove, CPT, EAPPI and Tayyoush the Arabs continued building at will, as well as illegaly drilling new illegal wells. In 2007 the High Court took great umbrage at this continued illegal activity and immediately pulled the Injunction from 2001.

    Now, after literally 15 years of running roughshod over the environment and the law RHR and sadly the Arabs that look to them for advice are about to pay the piper. And well they should because despite RHR’s propaganda there has never been an Arab village named Sussiya nor even any other Arab village in the vicinity.

    RHR claims that an Arab village named Sussiya has existed since the 1830s. Why then has it never been listed in amy Israeli, Jordanian, British or Ottoman Census? Why then did Guerin in 1868 and Kitchner & Conder 6 years later note only ruins? Why in 1936 did Myers do the same?

    RHR will tell you that Pia Albeck who worked for the Israeli Government in the 1980s filed a report that local Arabs own properties with deeds on file. Why hasnt RHR produced even 1 then? In fact all Pia Albeck said was that Arabs CLAIMED. Funny how that one word has always fallen by the wayside when RHR covers this issue.

    In fact, all RHR or anyone else can point to is an unaithenticated bill of sale from the Ottoman Era for a parcel of agricultural land. No measurements are given. It would have zero to do with a village even if it were one day authenticated and a person could somehow define what area it refers to- not to mention that all land in the region was State Land and the Ottomans never sold such land but instead conferred 72-month de facto leases entirely dependent upon constant cultivation.

    As any fair minded person can see, RHR is 100% wrong.

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