Israeli court: Reconsider wall's route

Israel's highest court has ordered the government to reconsider part of the route of a barrier it is building in the West Bank.

    The World Court declared the barrier illegal last year

    The barrier has drawn criticism from Palestinians who say it is illegal and constitutes a land grab.

    The supreme court ruled on Thursday that the government should "look at other options" in construction of a segment of the barrier near a major West Bank settlement that nearby Palestinian villagers complained would cut them off from the rest of the territory.

    The court ordered that a section of Israel's separation barrier be torn down in the northern part of the occupied West Bank in order to enable Palestinians to move freely.

    It ruled that a portion of the barrier near the Palestinian town of Qalqilya be dismantled because it effectively imprisons residents of five Palestinian villages and cuts them off from the rest of the West Bank.

    Israel says the planned 650km barrier, more than half of which is completed, is necessary to prevent infiltration by West Bank fighters.

    The UN International Court of Justice declared it illegal last year but Israel has ignored the non-binding ruling.
     
    Although Israel has since re-routed the fence along some stretches, the government has vowed to complete the project.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    Demas Nwoko's structures are a model of culturally relevant and sustainable African design.

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.