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Israel to move part of separation fence

July 29, 2008 11:52 A.M. (Updated: July 29, 2008 11:52 A.M.)
Bethlehem - The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said on Tuesday that the Israeli government has agreed to move a 2.4km section of the separation wall just north of Qalqilia. The move will return 2,600 Dunums (2.6 million sq meters) of land to its Palestinian owners.

The demolished stretch will apparently be replaced by a fence closer to the 'Green Line', the 1967 borders of Palestine. The fence was constructed in 2003 and since then locals have filed several cases in the High Court in an attempt to have it removed. The Palestinians won various legal victories over the ensuing years in which the court ruled that the fence must be moved closer to the 'Green Line'.

The rulings of the court were not put into action straight away however, with the Israeli military establishment refusing to implement the courts decision, arguing that such a move would endanger the security of Israelis in the settlements of Kochav Yair and Tzur Yigal. It was later revealed that the military's actions were taken to enable the future expansion of the settlements and the annexation of the land to Israel rather than being motivated by security concerns.

This lead to a decision by political leaders to lessen the role of the military in the planning of the route of the separation wall. The decision to move this section of the wall, announced by the Israeli government on Monday, may well set a precedent forcing the Military to follow the decisions made in Israeli courts.
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