High court rejects new fence route


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a new route for part of the security fence, saying it juts too far into the West Bank. 

Israel had proposed a route near the Arab village of Bilin following a High Court of Justice ruling last year that the fence should be moved closer to Israel.

The court rejected the revised plans Monday, saying the route still placed too much Palestinian land on the Israeli side of the fence. Bilin’s Palestinian residents say the security fence hampers access to their farmlands.

Bilin attorney Michael Sfard told the Jerusalem Post that the ruling would affect other court challenges against the security fence.

There are weekly left-wing protests of the Bilin fence. 

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