Palestinians to Be Allowed Back Into Former Jewish Settlement

The Jewish settlement of Homesh, formerly known as the Palestinian village of Burka


JERUSALEM—A ruling by Israel's attorney general allows Palestinians access to West Bank lands decades after they were seized, Israeli media report. 

In 1978, Israel seized around 170 acres of the Palestinian village of Burka, citing security needs. But a small military camp set up on the hilltop was quickly replaced with civilians, and the site became the Jewish settlement of Homesh.

Homesh was among four West Bank settlements Israel removed under the terms of a 2005 disengagement plan, when it removed all Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip.