High Court: IDF must remove settlement barrier

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday gave the state 14 days to remove an 82 centimeter-high cement barrier built along a 41-kilometer stretch of road linking Jewish settlements in the south Hebron hills. It also ordered the state to pay NIS 30,000 in costs to the three groups that originally petitioned against the barrier for failing to implement the order within the six-month deadline handed down by the court on December 14, 2006. During a hearing on Monday, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and Justice Ayala Rocaccia fiercely criticized the army for failing to carry out the order on time. "There was an explicit order to remove the barrier," said Beinisch. "This is not the way to treat the court." Procaccia added, "If this is the way the state behaves regarding verdicts, what can one ask of the average citizen? What message are you trying to convey?"