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  Israeli court orders barrier move
Updated 30 June 2004, 15.03
The fence has divided communities
Israel's High Court has ordered changes to the route of the controversial barrier in the West Bank, because it would harm Palestinians.

The 19-mile stretch of fence would have cut 45,000 people off from their jobs, schools and families, if it was built.

This case is important as it could show how 20 other cases involving the route of the fence will turn out.

The Israelis say they are building the fence for security, but Palestinians say it's an attempt to grab their land.

A soldier at one of the fence gateways
A soldier at one of the fence gateways

Palestinian lawyers say they are happy because they think the Israelis will follow this ruling, unlike one that was set in an international court.

But Ahmed Qurei, Prime Minister of Palestine, insisted the whole barrier, set to be 400 miles long, should be torn down.

He said: "It's a racist separation wall and therefore it should fall. There is no other alternative."

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