JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli court has ordered Jewish settlers to leave a disputed building in the West Bank town of Hebron within three days.
The four-story building became a flash point for tensions when settlers moved in early last year after claiming to have purchased it from a Palestinian. The Palestinian denies the claim and Israeli authorities have not recognized the sale as legal.
The three-judge Supreme Court panel ruled Sunday that the settlers must turn the house over to the state until a different court decides who the legal owner is.
The decision says that if the settlers do not evacuate the house willingly they will be evicted. About 500 of the most extreme Israeli settlers live in Hebron in heavily guarded enclaves among 170,000 Palestinians.