Israel’s Supreme Court rules against road segregation


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against an Israeli army order to close a road near Hebron to Palestinian traffic.

A three-judge panel agreed Thursday with a petition from the Association of Civil Rights in Israel saying that preventing Palestinians from traveling on the road to protect Jewish residents of a neighboring community is a "disproportionate action."

The petition was submitted on behalf of the residents of 22 villages in the Hebron Hills in the southwestern region of the West Bank.

The court gave the Israeli army three months to create an alternate plan for protecting the area’s Jewish residents.

According to the civil rights group, the ruling was the first by the Supreme Court on the topic of segregated roads.

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