Israeli Supreme Court issues a preliminary order on Cremisan Valley: “Why were no alternative paths for the fence in the area considered?” – Stop all seizures and construction.

(Society of St. Yves) The Supreme Court of Israel asked the State Attorney to justify until 4/10/14 why not to alter the route in Cremisan and why they insist to construct on the suggest route. 

Further the court asks for a statement why it shouldn’t cancel the decision of last year which was given by Special Appeals Committee in Tel Aviv. This would mean that the wall could be constructed also for example on the route the Council of Peace and Security suggested. 

The Beit Jala’ Roman Catholic parish priest leads a mass to protest against Israel’s decision to build a new section of the security fence through the Cremisan valley on January 24, 2014 near the West Bank city of Bethlehem (Photo credit: Musa al-Shaer/AFP)

Further, the court asked the Ministry of Defense and the Commander of the West Bank why it should not cancel the seizure orders issued in Cremisan. Until the case is decided all construction has to be stopped. “The case is not over, until a final ruling is given. 

The court’s decision is an indication that it is not inclined to adopt the State’s position. We definitely have new hope – the answer of the court is a good sign” explains Advocate Zvi Avni, lawyer of St. Yves representing the Salesian Convent and School. 

The Supreme Court set a new hearing for 7/30/14 to discuss the requested answer of the State and the responses to it of the people of Cremisan.