The Israeli Government Decided Not to Decide
2014-09-21

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The Israeli Government Decided Not to Decide:

Netanyahu postponed the Cabinet's vote whether to build the Security Barrier in Battir, a World Heritage site

September 21, 2014

An attempt to pass a decision today by the Israeli Cabinet to resume the construction of the Separation Barrier adjacent to the ancient terraces in the Palestinian village of Battir, despite its declaration as a World Heritage Site, was halted by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, following strong pressure placed.

Following the decision, Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), the environmental organization that filed the petition against the construction of the fence in Battir, said:

"We welcome the fact that the Prime Minister and some cabinet ministers seem to have acknowledged the potential dangers that would arise if Israel approves the route of the Separation Barrier and the irreparable harm it would do to the World Heritage site of Battir. We call on the government to follow the advice of the Israeli Nature & Parks Authority and not build a physical barrier."

Bromberg added: "the government now has another opportunity to address the alternatives already presented by FoEME, which allow maintaining the unique World Heritage Site of Battir and the security needs of Israel."


For more information:
Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, FoEME; 052-453-2597; gidon@foeme.org