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Israeli high court orders delay in Gaza synagogue destruction

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] has ruled that the Israeli government should look into whether the Palestinian Authority [official website], US or UN is willing to preserve 20 synagogues that remain standing in the Gaza strip following last month's Israeli withdrawal [IDF materials] from the region. The court's Tuesday ruling follows an earlier temporary injunction [JURIST report] prohibiting the destruction of the synagogues and could further delay the official handover of Gaza to Palestine in September. Rabbis insist that Jewish law bans destruction of synagogues, but Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office has said the destruction of the synagogues is almost certain. AP has more.

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