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Not Homesh – Burqa!

For 45 years Israel has denied residents of the Palestinian village Burqa in the West Bank access to their privately-owned land where the Israeli settlement Homesh once stood. The private Palestinian lands were expropriated in 1978 through a military seizure order for ‘security’ needs and two years later the settlement of Homesh was erected there. For 25 years, several dozen Israeli families lived in the settlement until Israel evacuated Homesh in 2005 as part of the disengagement plan. Almost continuously since the evacuation, an illegal Israeli outpost has been present in this area. For over a decade, Yesh Din has been assisting the residents of Burqa in their persistent legal battle aimed at evacuating the outpost that was established on their lands and allowing them free and safe access to them.

On August 3, 2023, the Supreme Court justices issued a ruling deleting the petition and thereby effectively approving the establishment of a new Israeli settlement on Burqa lands. While Israelis all over the country are fighting to protect the Supreme Court of Justice as an emblem of democracy, the justices proved that for Palestinians, there is no protection under the law, and that the court acts in the service of Jewish supremacy. The Supreme Court justices’ shameful decision is yet more evidence of Israel’s apartheid rule in the OPT and that the court is contributing to normalizing this illegal regime.

On 16.8.2023, the Head of the Burqa Village Council filed another High Court petition together with Yesh Din. The petition seeks the repeal of the order which extends the municipal boundaries of the Samaria Regional Council to include lands belonging to the village of Burqa, and that the public lands within the boundaries of the new order be allocated to Burqa residents and not to Israeli settlers.

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EN عע

Not Homesh – Burqa!

For 45 years Israel has denied residents of the Palestinian village Burqa in the West Bank access to their privately-owned land where the Israeli settlement Homesh once stood. The private Palestinian lands were expropriated in 1978 through a military seizure order for ‘security’ needs and two years later the settlement of Homesh was erected there. For 25 years, several dozen Israeli families lived in the settlement until Israel evacuated Homesh in 2005 as part of the disengagement plan. Almost continuously since the evacuation, an illegal Israeli outpost has been present in this area. For over a decade, Yesh Din has been assisting the residents of Burqa in their persistent legal battle aimed at evacuating the outpost that was established on their lands and allowing them free and safe access to them.

On August 3, 2023, the Supreme Court justices issued a ruling deleting the petition and thereby effectively approving the establishment of a new Israeli settlement on Burqa lands. While Israelis all over the country are fighting to protect the Supreme Court of Justice as an emblem of democracy, the justices proved that for Palestinians, there is no protection under the law, and that the court acts in the service of Jewish supremacy. The Supreme Court justices’ shameful decision is yet more evidence of Israel’s apartheid rule in the OPT and that the court is contributing to normalizing this illegal regime.

On 16.8.2023, the Head of the Burqa Village Council filed another High Court petition together with Yesh Din. The petition seeks the repeal of the order which extends the municipal boundaries of the Samaria Regional Council to include lands belonging to the village of Burqa, and that the public lands within the boundaries of the new order be allocated to Burqa residents and not to Israeli settlers.

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Ongoing dispossession

State land? Two isolated islands, surrounded by private Palestinian lands. The new location of the outpost still prevents the Palestinian landowners from reaching their land and continues their dispossession from it. As long as there is an Israeli presence in the area, the Palestinian landowners will not be able to access their lands safely and the violation of their rights will continue.

Privately-owned Palestinian land

For over a decade Yesh Din has engaged in a legal battle in the Supreme Court, alongside the landowners from Burqa, in order to regain free access to their lands. During the hearings, Israel recognized the fact that Homesh is an illegal outpost that must be evacuated. The repeal of the Disengagement Law did not change the status of the private Palestinian lands and does not allow for the ‘regularization’ of the illegal outpost.

Settler violence

Violence by Israelis against Palestinians and their property frequently stems from the area of the Homesh outpost. This is not circumstantial violence, but rather systematic and ideological criminal activity designed to forcibly remove the legal owners of the land and take over private Palestinian lands.

And the world is not silent

The United States, the European Union and many other countries have condemned the attempts to ‘regularize’ the illegal outpost on Burqa lands, and have reminded the Israeli government that this is a blatant violation of international law. In addition, this represents another stage in the annexation process of the West Bank led by the Israeli government.

The Illegal Homesh Outpost

The takeover of private Palestinian lands


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A World Turned Upside-Down – A detailed report on the struggle of the residents of Burqa to return to their lands upon which the evacuated settlement was located

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?Who are we

Yesh Din – a human rights volunteer organization was established in 2005 and since then has been working for the protection of the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank subject to the Israeli military occupation rule. We see the occupation as a major source of human rights violations and therefore strive to bring it to an end.

Photo: Sadam Ragheb Salah
Yesh Din is mostly funded by foreign governmental entities