RAMALLAH, June 26 (JMCC) - Israel's military says it has begun tearing down a section of the Wall near the West Bank village of Bilin, which has been protesting for years against the barrier, reports the
The dismantling of the section near the village of Bilin began Sunday, four years after the Supreme Court ordered it torn down. The court said the barrier’s route did not make the nearby Modiin Illit settlement secure.
Bilin lost half its land to the barrier. Years of weekly protests there frequently have evolved into clashes between villagers and Israeli troops.
The route of the Wall has been moved several hundred meters away from the fence being dismantled by the Israeli military.
The international court at The Hague in 2004 ruled the route of the Wall illegal where it departs from Israel's 1967 borders into the occupied West Bank.