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Israeli court postpones hearing on Hebron village Susiya

Feb. 1, 2013 10:47 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 3, 2013 11:54 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday postponed hearing the appeal of a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank against the demolition of their homes.

The case of Susiya, a rural community in the south Hebron hills, will be now be heard on Sunday, residents told Ma'an.

Right-wing settler advocacy group Regavim has petitioned the court on behalf of an Israeli settlement overshadowing the Palestinian village, calling for the authorities to implement demolition orders against most of the village's structures.

Jihad Nawajah, the head of Susiya village council, told Ma’an that the people of Susiya are waiting for the court to decide their fate.

If the court rules against Susiya, it will "strip us of our Palestinian nationality and anything that we have on this earth," he said.

"For 17 years, we have been fighting cases at the Israel's Supreme Court for our existence, and it’s the time for us to feel comfortable on our land," he continued.

Islam Nawajah, a resident of Susiya, told Ma'an the hardest thing is answering her children's questions as to why they live in tents when a few meters away settlers live in housing blocks.
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