Litmus test for adjudicating settler, Palestinian interests

A few dozen trailer homes on a hilltop may have never made such ripples internationally. But the evacuation of Amona, which Israeli security forces started today after a years-long legal battle, has resonated far beyond the 40 families who live among the prickly weeds and rocks of this West Bank ridgeline.

It is a crucial litmus test for how Israel adjudicates the competing claims and dreams of Israeli settlers and the Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation.

The court order to demolish Amona by Feb. 8 represents a victory for Palestinians, who presented documents showing that Amona was built on private Palestinian land.

Details in the Christian Science Monitor

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