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Israel high court upholds West Bank barrier but urges route review

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] ruled Thursday that the country had a right to construct the West Bank barrier [Wikipedia backgrounder; official IDF website] across occupied Palestinian land, once again disputing a International Court of Justice advisory opinion [text; JURIST report] that found the barrier illegal. The court nonetheless limited its holding to sections where the army had demonstrated security concerns for the wall's construction and instructed the government to reconsider the routing [Aljazeera report] of other sections. Israel has maintained the wall is necessary to protect itself from terror attacks, but Palestinians have called the move a land grab. The Israeli high court said it reached a different outcome than the ICJ because it said that court had ruled without complete access to the facts. Reuters has more.

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