The High Court of Justice on Thursday asked the IDF to defend its decision to route the security barrier through the West Bank's Nahal Refaim valley and issued an injunction against further work on the barrier.
It ordered the state to explain why it had not nullified or changed the barrier's route and to explain why the barrier could not be reconfigured. It gave the IDF through the state, until July 2nd to respond.
“This is a precedent case. The heritage issues managed to divide authorities within the same government and the injunction granted by the High Court forces the military to reconsider their presumption that security concerns tramp all other issues,” said Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME).
FoEME along with the Nature and Parks Authority as well as the Palestinian village of Battir, which is located in the valley, had petitioned the court against the barrier.