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10 Jul 2008

Rory McCarthy, Guardian [UK]

Palestinian villagers try to sue Canadian builders

Lawyers for a Palestinian village have begun a rare legal case against two Canadian construction companies…The case…alleges that the two Canadian firms are breaching international law by building and selling homes in part of the settlement of Modi'in Illit on land originally belonging to the Palestinian village of Bil'in…The writ names the two firms as Green Park International and Green Mount International…The…firms…are expected to strongly contest the case. In the past, lawyers representing them have argued that construction in the settlement is covered by approved planning schemes or does not substantially violate Israeli planning law…[A]n Israeli lawyer…who represents the companies, declined to comment…It is not clear whether the Quebec superior court will decide to hear the case.