January 29, 2014 – Israeli High Court Decision on Battir

Terraced landscape in Battir, Palestine

The final High Court Hearing on the case of the Separation Barrier in the area of Battir has been rescheduled for JANUARY 29th, 2014.

EcoPeace Middle East and the residents of the village of Battir submitted a petition to the Court earlier this year in order to prevent the building of the Separation Barrier as currently configured by the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Army.

The court, in an unprecedented act, reversed the onus on the Military to show why the Barrier should be built in this current planned form so that it would not destroy a cultural heritage site of global importance.

For further background on the Battir site, click on this Fact Sheet that gives a clear picture of the universal significance of the terraced landscape, as well as this expert opinion by Professor Mike Turner.

For further information on the High Court case process you might want to read our previous media releases on the issue over the last year:

• October 20, 2013 – Battir’s Ancient Irrigated Landscape Declared an Endangered Cultural Site on the World Monument Fund’s 2014 ‘Watch List’

• May 2, 2013 – Israeli High Court of Justice Orders Israeli Military to Halt Building of Separation Wall in Battir

• December 13, 2012 – High Court Accepts the Petition of FoEME Against the Separation Barrier in Battir

• December 11, 2012 – Israel Nature & Parks Authority in Response to FoEME Petition Against the Separation Barrier in Battir

• December 6, 2012 – Route of Separation Barrier Threatens to Destroy Shared Palestinian / Israeli Cultural Landscape Site (which includes links for the full petition in Hebrew, translation of the important sections in English, and other expert opinions (in Hebrew) submitted to the High Court last year)