State drafts new plans for Ofra’s security fence

January 24, 2011 10:41


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The civil administration has drafted plans to reroute illegal security fences constructed around settlements in the Binyamin region of the West Bank, including the one that encircles the community of Ofra, according to a statement the civil administration made Sunday to the High Court of Justice.

It submitted its response in advance of a hearing Monday before the court in response to a petition against the fence.

It was filed by the non-governmental organization Yesh Din with the help of attorneys Michael Sfard, Shlomy Zachery and Avisar Lev.

They charged that the fence was illegally constructed on land belonging to the Palestinian villages of Silwad and Ein Yabrud and that is presence was preventing Palestinian farmers from accessing their lands.

In a statement to the court the civil administration said that it was preparing a new route, which would balance security consideration of the settlers with the needs of the Palestinian farmers. These plans have not yet been approved.

Separately, the court also plans to hear a second petition by Yesh Din, regarding allegations of illegal building in the settlement of Beit El.

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