Palestinian Villagers Win Day in Court

Israel to reroute barrier that divides people from their land
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 6:14 PM CDT
Palestinian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration near a fence that forms part of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of El Walajay, near Bethlehem, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. Israel...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Palestinian villagers have won their day in court and forced Israel to reroute the building of a disputed security barrier, the Guardian reports. Despite recent rocket attacks, Israel’s supreme court ruled that the barrier did not have to cut through the villagers’ fields over safety concerns. The defense ministry has said that it will “study the ruling and respect it.”

It comes at a time when Israel has proposed cutting off supplies to the Gaza Strip, in retaliation against a recent rocket attack near a daycare center. Hamas says they are “warning of coming massacres against the people in Gaza” after Ehud Olmert vowed “to destroy every Qassam rocket launcher and anyone who is involved in their launching."