After 4 years, Bil’in says wall route being moved

Published today 18:18

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Observers said Wednesday that the Israeli military had began dismantling a portion of the separation wall in the village of Bil’in, six years after the high court declared the route of the wall illegal.

A statement by local activist group the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, however, said the new path still partitions 435 acres of village land from its residents, keeping the fields on the far side of the wall.

“This morning army bulldozers began work to dismantle the Barrier in Bil’in,” the group said in a statement.

“On the ground, nothing has changed yet. All we know is that although the Israeli court officially pronounced our claims to be just, the army continued to protect the original route shooting and arresting protesters, thereby completely ignoring the ruling.

“We will continue to struggle until all the land is returned to our people and until we see an end to the Israeli occupation,” Mohammed Khatib of the village’s popular committee said in a statement.

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