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Legal Actions & Advocacy
A petition submitted by residents of the Palestinian village of Ein Yabrud through Yesh Din asks the High Court of Justice to nullify a decision by the Environmental Subcommittee in the Supreme Planning Council. The decision seeks to grant retroactive approval to Ofra sewage plant, which was constructed illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land. The petitioners argue that the decision to approve the facility was motivated by alien considerations, and is also contrary to the state’s planning and environmental interests
Bassem Abu Rahmah’s Mother Asks High Court of Justice to End Procrastination in the Investigation of Her Son’s Death
The Bil’in resident whose story was featured in the film Five Broken Cameras was killed in April 2009, but the investigation into his death has still not been completed
Two cows belonging to Palestinians of the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley were shot to death by a settler. Despite the suspect’s confession and additional evidence against him, the investigation was closed without an indictment.
In November 2010, a settler was convicted in the assault, battery and kidnapping of a Palestinian 15 year old boy. This is a relatively rare case where investigators and prosecutors both succeeded to convict an offender of grave offenses; according to Yesh Din's data, about 90 percent of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli citizens who harm them and their property end without any indictments. The vast majority of those cases are closed due to the investigators’ failure to identify the suspects or to collect sufficient evidence for their prosecution.
Yesh Din assists Palestinian residents in a variety of legal actions to defend their rights to land stolen to build settlements and outposts. Dozens of cases are currently pending in various stages of legal proceedings as part of Yesh Din’s activity, most of which consist of petitions to the High Court of Justice. Even though the courts so far have avoided rendering explicit and binding rulings, petitioners have made considerable gains with Yesh Din’s assistance as part of its activity on land issues. One example is a temporary injunction issued by the HCJ on January 24 2011, ordering the State to actively enforce the stop-work orders it issued for buildings erected illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land in the village of Dura al Qara in the West Bank.
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