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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Israeli Court Orders Changes to Barrier in West Bank

Sharon obviously wouldn't do it, and neither Bush nor Kerry would ever tell him to. (Mr. Sharon, tear down this wall!) But the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Israel can't continue building its massive wall which has been separating West Bank Palestinians from farm fields, jobs, and each other. From AP:
In a precedent-setting decision, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the government Wednesday to change a large section of its West Bank separation barrier, saying the current route violates the human rights of the local Palestinian population.

The government said it would honor the ruling -- the first major ruling on the barrier -- which will likely effect other sections of the contentious wall.

The decision signaled the court would reject other parts of the fence that separate Palestinians from their lands, cut villages off from each other or prevent people from reaching population centers.