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Israel Begins Dismantling Section of West Bank Barrier

By Michelle Parker,2014-10-14 19:03
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Israel Begins Dismantling Section of West Bank Barrier

    Israel Begins Dismantling Section of West Bank Barrier

    以色列着手拆除西岸边境上的障碍

    Israel started dismantling a section of its controversial West Bank separation barrier as ordered by the nation's Supreme Court. The court ruled that the route of the barrier was illegal because it confiscated Palestinian farmland.

    以色列政府开始拆除西岸边境颇具争议的障碍.按照以色列国家最高法院要求,

    最高法院裁定,由于占用了巴勒斯坦的农田,该障碍是违法的.

    The construction work is taking place near the village of Bilin, the site of weekly protests that have become the symbol of the Palestinian struggle against the barrier. Israel says the fence is necessary to keep suicide bombers out of the country; Palestinians say it is a land grab because it confiscated territory beyond the 1967 borders.

    Under the new barrier route, Israel will return 55 hectares of land to Palestinian villagers in Bilin.

    The secretary of the village council, Mohammed Khattib, calls it a victory, but says the struggle is not over. Khattib told Israel Radio that weekly demonstrations on Fridays will continue until Israel returns some 20 hectares of village land.

    The Israeli army commander for the area, Colonel Saar Tsur, says the new route of the barrier poses security challenges because it will be much closer to the large Jewish settlement of Modi'in. Tsur says there is a danger of mass marches by Palestinians on the settlement. But he says if that happens, the Israeli Army is prepared to stop them.

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