Residents of the illegal outpost of Migron on Monday offered a million-shekel reward (about $261,000) to anyone who proves ownership of the lands on which the outpost was built. The campaign aims to prove that the lands are not privately owned by Palestinians, as has been claimed.
Migron, which houses some 50 families, has been evacuated and subsequently repopulated several times since its establishment in 1999. The High Court of Justice recently instructed the state to once again evacuate the outpost by the end of March.
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Peace Now, the organization that petitioned the High Court for the outpost to be evacuated, maintains that Migron was built on privately owned Palestinian land. Five years after the petition was submitted, the High Court ruled in favor of Peace Now and ordered the evacuation.
But the residents of Migron, the largest illegal outpost in Judea and Samaria, wrote in a letter: "Peace Now has tried to locate Palestinians who claim that the land in Migron belongs to them, but could not find a shred of evidence. In efforts to prove this injustice, we are offering a million shekels to anyone who can prove ownership of the land on which this community was built. This is not reality TV -- this is our life."
The Israeli Walla news website quoted Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer as saying, "This silly gimmick by residents of Migron also proves that they themselves have no ownership of the land."
"The residents of Migron are welcome to visit the Civil Administration and see for themselves who owns the land -- and save a million shekels," he said.
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