File - The planned route for Israel’s separation barrier would cut through ancient irrigation systems relied upon by the village of Battir.
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Israel's top court has given the government two months to explain why it has not proposed an alternative route for the West Bank wall in a valley near Jerusalem.At a hearing last week, the Council for Peace and Security, a group of former high-ranking security officials, proposed an alternative route for the barrier it said would save most of the villagers' land and better ensure Israel's security needs.The same court is considering a separate appeal against the barrier's route lodged by residents of the nearby Palestinian village of Battir, who say the wall will destroy its ancient terraces and a Roman-era irrigation system.The court Sunday ordered Israel Railways and the Defense Ministry to look into the possibility of removing one of the two railway tracks that run just under Battir as a potential alternative route for the barrier.Israel began building the wall in 2002 at the height of the second Palestinian intifada arguing, that its construction was crucial for security.
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