High Court approves fence extension

Rejects petition of Palestinians living in surrounding villages.

October 26, 2006 17:23
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security fence 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

The High Court of Justice rejected the petition of Palestinian villagers on Thursday and approved the construction of a sector of the security fence around the settlements of Emanuel, Ma'aleh Shomron and Karnei Shomron. The length of the fence in the area is to be six kilometers, and will built on over 100 acres of private Palestinian land that has been expropriated for the project. According the court ruling, the decision took into consideration the effect the fence would have on the Palestinians residents. Former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak wrote that the Jewish neighborhoods were "a target for serious terror attacks in recent years," adding that on numerous occasions residents of Emanuel had been forced to endure shooting attacks against busses which had claimed the lives of 19 people and wounded dozens. While undecided about whether the planned route was a measured deterrent, the court was not convinced that there was an alternative route that would fulfill all the security requirements. The ruling stated that the Palestinians could appeal to the High Court in the event that the agreements regarding Palestinians' movement in the area and, specifically, their access to agricultural lands were not fulfilled.

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