Israel’s High Court orders demolition of homes in West Bank settlement

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the state to raze two apartment buildings in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, setting up a showdown between the authorities and the hard core of Israel’s ideologically zealous religious Zionist community.

Settlers and security forces held a tense standoff late Tuesday night in Beit El, as they waited for the High Court ruling which effectively sealed the fate of the disputed apartment buildings known as "the House of Draynof."

Hundreds of young adults and activists stood behind steel police barriers, facing the border policemen. Cheers went up from the crowd as activists periodically attempted to break though the barriers.


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