Israel begins moving security fence


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has begun work to reroute a section of the West Bank security fence near a Palestinian village that has been the site of weekly protests.

The work began Thursday near Bil’in more than two years after Israel’s Supreme Court ordered it moved to enable Palestinian farmers access to their land.

The new route will give more than 800,000 square yards of land back to Palestinian farmers; about 180,000 square yards of land claimed by the Palestinian farmers will be retained on Israel’s side of the fence.

Bil’in has been the site of weekly Friday protests over the security fence. Two protesters have been killed in Bil’in demonstrations since they began in 2005. 

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