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The end of Ulpana

UlpanaThe outpost which had been a symbol of the settlement struggle has ceased to exist; the government has demolished all the homes.

Despite promises by settlement leaders and right-wing rabbis, there was no opposition, and the eviction went smoothly. The residents lost their apartments and were moved into modular homes in the village of Beth El. There is no formal agreement for the government to reimburse them for the cost of their apartments, which they owned legally.

The court refused to apply eminent domain in the textbook situation when Palestinian private land ownership is doubtful and the cost of buildings greatly exceed the cost of land.

The government’s promises to build three hundred new apartments hang in the air, as there is no official document behind those promises, and a there is lot of opposition to such construction. The government also promised never again to support any petitions to the court for the demolition of outposts, but such promises are meaningless; the courts can decide to order demolitions regardless of the government’s response.

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Past coverage: settlements
08.06 Government approves fake expansion of settlements
06.06 One honest Jew is an Arab
05.06 Netanyahu bars ministers from voting to legalize outposts
04.06 Ulpana compromise: it's not about houses
19.05 Business as usual: the military abuses its powers in Ramat Migron
24.04 Eminent domain is not for Jews
18.04 Twenty years is still not a sufficient homestead for Jews
08.04 New Kadima boss insists on Olmert plan