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Evacuated Jewish settlers file appeals against compensation amounts

[JURIST] The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court has received the first 30 appeals from Jewish families evacuated [JURIST report] from Gaza under the Israeli disengagement plan [BBC backgrounder] who are complaining about low compensation amounts and delays in payments. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel is representing the evacuees, who argue that the Evacuation Compensation Law passed earlier this year [JURIST report] and previous decisions by Israel's Supreme Court [official website, English version] entitle them to receive higher compensation payments. The law allows settlers to appeal compensation grants within 45 days and calls for a representative from the attorney general's office to respond. The settlers are also arguing that compensation grants are not being paid to them, despite the fact that the appeals process is not supposed to delay payments already determined by the Disengagement Administration [official website in Hebrew]. The magistrate's court is expected to begin hearing the cases in the next few days. From Israel, Haaretz has local coverage.

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