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Petition: Separation fence harms Palestinians

Human rights organization claim new separation fence path in Alfei Menashe area that was changed by High Court ruling still harms Palestinians, call it 'immoral transfer'

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel filed a petition to the High Court of Justice on Tuesday, against the separation fence path in the Alfei Menashe area.


In the petition, the association demanded that the ruling from a previous petition be applied and that building the fence along its amended route be prevented.


In the petition it was stated that the amended route is not in line with the High Court ruling and still severely damages the Palestinian residents.


In September, 2005, the High Court of Justice accepted the basic principals of the appeal filed by the Association for Civil Rights, and ruled out the existing route of the separation fence in the Alfei Menashe area, that caused an enclave which imprisoned five Palestinian villages with hard violations to the residents' rights who were isolated from the rest of the West Bank.


'Not security purposes'

In the petition, which was filed by Advocate Michael Spharad, it was claimed that, despite the fact that the new route took a long time to be drawn up, the work done by the headquarters following the High Court's ruling produced a very similar route to the one that was ruled out.


"A route that continues to imprison residents of two of the enclave's villages on the Israeli side of the fence, and disconnecting the villages from parts of their land."


The Petition also claimed that the route proposed by the security establishment serves purposes that were declared illegitimate by the High Court.


"These are not security purposes, they are purposes of future settlement and annexation of territories to Israel's area."


The Association for Civil Rights further claimed that "the security establishment is shamelessly consolidating a population transfer solution, even if it is being presented as 'voluntary' or 'agreed upon'.


"In reality they are applying pressure on these weak villages and implementing a process of 'immoral and illegal transfer of civilians who were expelled from their land.'"


פרסום ראשון: 12.26.06, 16:12
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