Abdel-Kareem points to land occupied by the settlers of Amona in the West Bank.
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Maryam Abdel-Kareem gazed longingly onto the plot of occupied West Bank land she inherited from her father. Once planted with tomatoes, cucumbers and okra, the windswept hilltop now hosts the white trailer homes of an Israeli settlement outpost that took root more than 20 years ago. Amona is one of about 100 outposts across the West Bank that Israel considers illegal but tolerates and often allows to flourish.In 2008, the Palestinian landowners, represented by lawyers from the Israeli legal rights group Yesh Din, petitioned the Supreme Court to have the outpost removed, setting off a yearslong struggle.The state agreed to peacefully demolish the outpost by the end of 2012 but the move was repeatedly delayed. In a 1998 letter provided by Yesh Din, Israeli authorities warned Palestinians against holding Friday prayers in Amona, saying it would constitute an "illegal activity" that could spark "a confrontation with residents".In addition to the unauthorized outposts, there are some 120 Jewish settlements Israel considers legal. Both settlements and outposts are opposed by the international community as well as the Palestinians.The settlers dispute the court's ruling, and say an $80,000 compensation claim granted to some of the Palestinian landowners in a civil suit in 2014 should negate the case.
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