JERUSALEM, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli Supreme Court has postponed the eviction of the illegal Israeli settlement of Amona to July 24, for the third time to the state's request.
Israeli security forces had been set to evacuate the West Bank settlement by July 15. However, after the state filed another motion to deter proceedings, Judge Asher Grunis consented to the request and ordered the eviction to be carried out by July 24.
According to the Supreme Court protocol, obtained by Xinhua, the reason for the postponement was the Jewish fast day, Tisha B' av, which starts on July 15.
Amona was established in 1995 on private Palestinian lands, between Jerusalem and Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank, an area annexed by Israel during the 1967 Mideast War.
The outpost contains 50 houses, most of which are trailer and light structures. The court has repeatedly issued demolition orders for the illegal settlement.
In 2006, the Peace Now non-governmental peace organization, which monitors the settlements in the West Bank, petitioned to the court asking for the demolition of nine of its structures.
The decision to evacuate the settlement has brought to several confrontations between thousands of protesters and the police, leaving hundreds of people injured.