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Israel also invented other new ways to steal land. For example, it appropriated Jordan Valley property belonging to absentee Palestinian owners. Other land was seized. It was used for dozens of settlements. Some were claimed necessary for "military needs." Saying so was subterfuge for theft.

All settlements and outposts should be dismantled. Migron is one stain among many. On August 2, 2011, the HCJ ordered it taken down by end of March 2012. It was the first such order since Elon Moreh was ordered shut in 1979.

The Court called Migron one of the most brazen examples of lawless development, saying:

"The establishment of the outpost and its ongoing expansion are in clear and blatant defiance of the rule of law and infringe on the proprietary rights of the Palestinian landowners.

Eighteen months later nothing changed. Knesset hardliners delayed Migron's demolition. Orders weren't issued to do so. A deal gave settlers until 2015 to relocate. Rule of law principles and Israel's High Court ruling were ignored.

By March 2015, settlers agreed to move to state-owned West Bank land. Their structures would either remain vacant or Israel's military will claim them. Palestinians won't get back property rightfully theirs, at least not without further court action.

In 2015, further delays may follow earlier ones. Perhaps new legislation will legitimize outposts and prevent evacuations and demolitions. Hardline Knesset members support virtually anything settlers wish. Palestinian rights are ignored to please them.

In the mid-1990s, settlers began establishing unauthorized outposts after Israel pledged no new settlements. Israel did nothing to stop them. Considerable aid was given for infrastructure, security, and even planning. 

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In July 2012, things got worse. Netanyahu's Levy committee rewrote international law. Its report claimed that occupation "as set out in the relevant international conventions cannot be considered applicable to the unique and sui generis historic and legal circumstances of Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria spanning over decades."

"Israelis have the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria and the establishment of settlements cannot, in and of itself, be considered illegal."

It recommended legitimizing illegal outposts. It said zoning officials should authorize them without further political approval. It urged no restraints on settlement construction.

Netanyahu praised the report. So did Knesset hardliners. Levy served earlier on Israel's High Court. He represents decades of occupation injustice. 

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He claims the West Bank and East Jerusalem aren't occupied territories. International law, jurists who support it, and the International Court of Justice say otherwise.

Migron is a drop in an ocean of injustice. It symbolizes unbridled Israeli lawlessness. Land rights cut to the heart of Palestine's liberating struggle.

One outpost is inconsequential. Settling it equitably, however, matters. Failure to do so legitimizes others. It also facilitates unrestrained settlement expansions.

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