The Israeli High Court approved on Thursday the continuation of construction of the annexation Wall, especially in areas located west of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The nine-judge court held a hearing session for appeals filed by Palestinian residents from the villages of Shiqba and Budrus against the annexation of their orchards by the construction of the Wall.
The court decided that the route of the Wall is “legal”, in spite that it annexes and isolates the orchards of the residents.
High Court Judge, Aharon Barak, decided that the “security interests” of Israel is more important than Palestinian interests.
This decision contradicts the advisory ruling of the International High Court in Lahai.
Earlier last year, the Israeli court issued an advisory ruling considering the route of the annexation Wall as illegal, and demanded the state to demolish some of the built sections and compensate the residents for their losses.
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem, and The Center for the Defense of the Individual, issued a report revealing that the route of the annexation wall was designed in a way that allowed Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank.
The two centers reported that the “security considerations” for the construction of the Wall are marginal while the Israeli annexation policy is the main reason for the construction.
The Center for the Defense of the Individual showed that Israel can still construct the Wall without violating the rights of the Palestinian residents.
Israel is constructing the annexation Wall in the West Bank in a way that allows settlement expansion by annexing more lands and orchards from the Palestinian residents.
The Israeli annexation Wall is not constructed on the Green Line, which separates the West Bank from Israel; rahter the Wall is constructed deep into the West Bank and around Israeli settlements constructed on annexed Palestinian lands.