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Attorney General discusses Amona relocation plan

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Sunday discussed the proposal to reestablish the town of Amona on adjacent lands through the implementation of the Absentee Property Law.

If implemented, the town will be evicted and then rebuilt on the adjacent land, which can be defined as “absentee property”. The Absentee Property Law grants the state of Israel the assets of those individuals who fled to the territory of a hostile nation during the 1948 War of Independence.

The Attorney General stressed during Sunday’s discussion that the recommendation raises serious legal issues, among other things, with regards to property law and the status of absentee property, and the field of planning and construction.

At the same time, however, he concluded that there is no legal impediment preventing the examination of the proprietary status of the adjacent lots to which the town would be relocated.

Mandelblit stated that after the proprietary status is examined and the data is placed in front of him, he will be able to discuss the legal issues that arise.

Officials in the town of Amona said in response, “We respect the Attorney General, but the sole responsibility for regulating the status of Amona rests with the political leadership and not on senior officials.”

“The legalization of the community is in the hands of the Prime Minister, Justice Minister and the Defense Minister and we expect them to bring a solution to prevent forced evictions and destruction of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel,” the statement added.

Amona – located near the town of Ofra in Samaria’s Binyamin Region – has been deemed illegal by the court, which has ruled that the village was constructed on private Arab land.

Residents reject the claim that their community is built on private Arab-owned land, accusing nearby Arab villagers of fabricating the claims at the encouragement of left-wing agitators.

The residents of the community recently rejected an offer to relocate the town north to the Shilo bloc.

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