Palestinian farmers are granted an injunction, as pressure mounts before High Court hearing. Court demands answers from the State
On the 18 March 2013, the High Court held a hearing to address the petition of the Hushiya family, residents of South Mt. Hebron, who are requesting that the State permit them to continue working their lands wedged between a Jewish settlement and two unauthorized outposts (Susya, Lucifer Village and Mitzpe Yair).
The family’s access is not free, as the army prevents them from entering, in effect backing settler violence. The Hushiya family representatives also asked the Civil Administration to clear a vineyard from the land, planted there by settlers.
Under the pressure of the impending hearing, the head of the Civil Administration signed the order yesterday to clear the vineyard. During the hearing the Court also criticized the State for the “laconic” decision that the army would not intervene to ensure Palestinian access to their lands, and demanded that the State detail the considerations that underlie the decision. The considerations must be submitted within 30 days.