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Rights groups argue case against Israeli barrier

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Rights groups argue case against Israeli barrier
Last Updated Mon, 09 Feb 2004 12:17:09
JERUSALEM - Two Israeli human rights groups opposed to the construction of the West Bank barrier took their case to the Israeli Supreme Court on Monday.

The groups claim the wall disrupts the lives of thousands of Palestinians and is a violation of their human rights.

One of the human rights groups, the Centre for the Defence of the Individual, petitioned the court to order that the barrier be rerouted along Israel's pre-1967 boundary with the West Bank.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel says the barrier has in essence trapped thousands of Palestinians who have now been declared illegal residents in their own homes.

Government attorney Michael Blass told the court that Israel is considering rerouting the barrier to make it easier on Palestinians.

Israel says the wall is a necessary security measure to protect the country from suicide bombers. Palestinians say the barrier is a land grab.

The three-judge panel will issue a ruling "as soon as possible," Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak said on Monday.

The International Court of Justice in the Netherlands is to examine the legality of the barrier in two weeks.

The hearing comes a day after the Israeli government said it is preparing to reroute some parts of the wall to make it less invasive.




Government attorney Michael Blass told the court that Israel is considering rerouting the barrier to make it easier on Palestinians.
Well that was nice of them!
 
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