A group of West Bank arabs are upset over the use of some of their land for an Israeli civilian settlement.
SV Exterior of, court building and sign. (2 SHOTS)
SV Moukhtars arrive and enter the building.
CU Shingle for Mr Elias David Khoury, advocate.
SV Mr Elias Khoury, advocate, speaking in English.
GV Pan from old building inside military enclosure TO new dwellings.
SV PAN bulldozer clearing site.
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Workers drilling trench.
SV Worker securing wiring to pole.
SV Settlers moving into new homes (2 SHOTS)
SV Children in new home.
SV Family moving possessions into new dwelling.
KHOURY: " I submitted their petition in the High Court of Justice on behalf of 12 moukhtars and owners of land from El Bire who claim that their land was taken from them by a military order of the military governor of the West Bank for military reasons, and meanwhile they turn this land not for military reasons but for settlement, and they took it. The land is private land and they use if now for settlement. We are in the opinion that this cannot be... this order taking this land for military reasons cannot be good for settlement. I cannot say more about this case because it is handled in the court".
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Background: A group of West Bank arabs are upset over the use of some of their land for an Israeli civilian settlement. Their land has been taken for military purposes, and they have sought a legal decision of why they cannot have their land back now that some of it is being used for housing.
SYNOPSIS: The high court in Jerusalem heard a petition from the 12 moukhtars from the El Bire area. Advocate Elias Khoury of East Jerusalem represented them.
The land at issue is behind this barbed wire at the Beth El military camp. The settlers went of live there about a year ago, and have recently shifted from their barracks accommodation, to new houses built nearby. Now, the court has ruled that further construction work must stop.
Settlements such as this are a major issue in the quest for an agreed peace. Locally, they raise questions of land tenure for their former arab owners. The court decided the families can move into their new homes, but new work should cease which an explanations is sought from the military authorities.