Israel’s highest court has ordered the army to consider re-routing its security barrier away from a Palestinian village. But in the same ruling it recognised Israel’s right to build the line of walls and fences.
The decision came in response to a petition by residents of the West Bank village of Qalqilya who complained their community was all but cut off. The High Court of Justice said Israeli only had the right to build sections of the barrier where the army could justify its construction on security grounds.
Israel says the 600km-long project which is still under construction is intended to prevent suicide attacks but Palestinians see it as a land grab, taking in large swathes of the West Bank.
The World Court has ruled the barrier illegal but Israel refuses to accept its verdict.
Today’s decision confirms that position.