URJ Statement on Israel Supreme Court Decision


We applaud the Israeli Supreme Court on its decision regarding the Sumarin family. Many of us have been following the legal battle over property ownership between the Sumarin family and Himanuta, a subsidiary of the Keren Kayemet LeYisrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). Yesterday's Supreme Court decision will allow the Sumarin family to remain in their home until further Court deliberations, to be held before a panel of judges no later than the end of November, which will determine if the family is permitted to appeal the ruling of the Jerusalem District Court which affirmed that Himanuta is the rightful owner of the property currently inhabited by the Sumarin family.

The Chair of Himanuta, Matityahu Sperber, a representative appointed by the Reform Movement, has worked tirelessly on this case. In addition – and separate from the Supreme Court decision – Mr. Sperber brought a resolution to the Board of Himanuta which was passed with a clear majority and will postpone the imminent eviction of the family until the ramifications of such a step can be fully understood. The representatives of the Reform Movement will act in the best interests of KKL-JNF and in keeping with our values, and will continue to monitor the situation and work towards a just and equitable solution to this complex and intricate issue.


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