Israel high court upholds northern route of security barrier Leslie Schulman at 11:29 AM ET
[JURIST] Israel's High Court [official website] ruled Sunday that a proposed portion of Israel's Security Fence [official website; JURIST news archive] running north of Jerusalem is legal despite its segregation of five villages and about 1,500 Palestinians from the rest of Israel. Many of the villagers hold Israeli identification cards. Chief Justice Aharon Barak [official profile] wrote:
[w]e accept the State's position that there is a need to build a separation wall to advance the security objectives of protecting Jerusalem, nearby communities and roads leading to it, from terror activities.
The security fence has been the subject of national and international challenges. In April this year, the Israeli Supreme Court approved construction [JURIST report] of a portion of the fence around Jerusalem. The International Court of Justice [official website] handed down an advisory opinion [text; JURIST report] in 2004 that the fence violated international law.
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