High Court rules out 30km stretch in separation fence route
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday morning ordered changes to 30 kilometers of the route of the West Bank separation fence, northwest of Jerusalem, saying that everything must be done to minimize harship to Palestinians living in the area.
The landmark ruling by Chief Justice Aharon Barak and justices Eliahu Mazza and Mishael Cheshin comes in response to a petition filed in the High Court of Justice by the village council of Beit Surik, north of Mevasseret Zion.
In their ruling, the justices disallowed 30 kilometers of the 40-kilometer stretch of fence mentioned in the petition.
"The route disrupts the delicate balance between the obligation of the military commander to preserve security and his obligation to provide for the needs of the local inhabitants," the ruling said.