Following the rejection of the Expropriation Law in the High Court today, Peace Now, Yesh Din, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued the following statement:
"The Regulation Law was a black mark on the Israeli Knesset and on Israeli democracy, and the High Court of Justice has ruled the obvious: thou shalt not steal. We are proud that we served as the responsible adult that fought tirelessly to stop it. It was our duty to prevent the harm it threatened to Palestinians living under occupation, as well as to the prospects of peace. The law was of a criminal nature, designed to retroactively legalize thievery and allow systematic plundering of land. We have curbed this unsuccessful attempt to expropriate private land of a people, living under occupation by a government they did not choose, for the benefit of new settlements aimed at fragmenting the West Bank.
Although the Court avoided ruling on whether the Knesset has jurisdiction to legislate over the oPt, it deemed that such legislation is problematic (to say the least). This raises a red flag to the peddlers of annexation. Let it be clear: If the Government of Israel goes ahead with its plan to annex, it will authorize the harsh damages the High Court sought to prevent by revoking this law."
Meanwhile, Yonatan Gher CEO of the Israeli Combatants for Peace movement said in response to the Israel Supreme Court decision: "We hope that in this decision The Supreme Court is sending the Israeli government a clear message that the fate of the annexation plans will be the same, and that they will meet not only public mass objection as seen this past Saturday, when ten thousand Israeli Jews and Palestinians cane out in protest but by the courts as well".