High Court Postpones Demolition of Beis Knesses

YERUSHALAYIM (Haodia Staff) -

The High Court on Sunday decided to postpone the demolition of Beis Knesses Ayeles HaShachar in the town of Givat Ze’ev.

The initial demolition order came about after a petition was filed by leftist Yesh Din claiming that the structure had been build on privately-owned land that belonged to Palestinians. Givat Zeev is located about three miles northwest of Yerushalayim.

The congregation is in possession of documents showing that they bought the land from its owners, which is the reason that the court has not yet finalized its decision, their attorneys said.

They have also appealed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene on their behalf, their attorneys said.

The case has been in the courts for some three years. The Palestinian plaintiffs have refused offers of additional monetary compensation, insisting that the beis knesses be torn down.

It was not clear why they waited some two decades to make their claims, the congregants noted.

Unless the judges revoke the order, the demolition will go into effect on August 17.