The Israeli high court has demanded a freeze to construction in the Jewish Israeli settlement of Ofra in the central West Bank.
The Israeli high court has ordered a freeze to construction in the settlement of Ofra after local Palestinian residents whose land the settlement is due to be built on took legal action against the settlers.
48 houses due to be built on the Palestinian villages of Silwad and Ein Yabrud have been frozen after settlers agreed to a freeze in return for residents dropping charges.
Ofra was first recognised by current Israeli President Shimon Peres when he was Minister for Security in 1977. Israeli human rights group B’T Salem claims that Ofra is both illegal under Israeli and International law.