High Court forbids use of Israeli sewage plant illegally built on Palestinian land
The High Court of Justice yesterday forbade operating a sewage treatment plant built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank settlement of Ofra. The ruling came in response to a petition submitted by Yesh Din on behalf of residents of the Palestinian village of Ein Yabrud against building the plant on their land.
The state admitted to numerous failures in the procedures of setting up the plant, which had indeed been built without the required permits on private land. However, the state said the region's sewage problems had to be addressed. For this reason the authorities formulated a proposal to confiscate the land for public need, to permit operating the plant, which would also serve the area's Palestinian villages, the state said.
The justices ruled it may not be operated and ordered the state and the Binyamin Regional Council to pay the petitioners' legal expenses.
...The authorities are now in process of amending and adjusting the procedure so the settlement may operate the plant.