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Settlers build new homes on private Palestinian land in West Bank

Settlers build new homes on private Palestinian land in West Bank
19-04-2012,01:35

Al Qassam website - Some 20 homes that have been built in the Mitzpeh Cramim outpost during the past year could spark a similar coalition crisis to the one recently created by the Ulpana neighborhood in the settlement of Beit El.

The prefabricated and permanent homes, in the outpost northeast of Ramallah, were all built on land that officially recognizes as being privately owned by Palestinians.

Construction in the outpost has continued unhindered, despite the Israeli Administration's orders to stop the work. The orders were issued in 2011.

The fact that construction in Mitzpeh Cramim is on officially recognized private land makes it difficult to find a compromise or to play legal tricks to enable the settlers to stay there legally, the sources said.

Mitzpeh Cramim is located some 700 meters away from the settlement of Kochav Hashahar. The outpost was set up in 1999 and almost all the buildings in it are on private land belonging to Palestinians from the nearby villages of Dir Jarir and Kafr Malik. It is defined as an illegal outpost in an influential report that was prepared by attorney Talia Sasson for the state in 2005.

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