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Court Rules Against Arab Farmers

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against a complaint by Arab farmers on the West Bank that their land had been illegally seized for the establishment of a Jewish settlement named Mattityahu in the Modiin area, a region associated with the Maccabees. The court at the same time withdrew the temporary injunction it had issued last April banning work on the settlement.

Justice Meir Shamgar, who announced the court decision, ordered the complainants to pay all legal expenses. He declined to state the reasons behind the ruling but indicated they would be made public at a later date. The land involved was seized by the Military Government in September, 1977, to establish a settlement for the ultra-Orthodox Poalei Agudat Israel.

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