The Supreme Court has upheld a controversial law which allows Israel to confiscate the property of so-called “absentee” Palestinian owners, residing in territories not under full Israeli control. Judges hope the state won’t abuse the legislation.
“I do not see any reason to strike down the law and impede its use under all circumstances,” said the head of the seven-person panel, judge Asher Grunis, in his concluding remarks. He expressed hope however that the authorities would “avoid wherever possible to use the law.”
“In our opinion there may be rare situations where the law will be enacted on property in Jerusalem that had been owned by Arabs living in Judea and Samaria. Under those circumstances, the government would need to get the permission of the Attorney General before acting,” said Grunis.