Israel is currently planning to build the separation wall on the edge of Battir, separating farmers from their fields. If the wall is constructed, residents face the specter of abandoning their way of life and severely restricting their movement, while at the same time the hydrology and ecology of the area will become severely imperiled. In early December, the Israeli Supreme Court (ISC) issued an interim decision ordering the Israeli Defense Ministry (IDM) to submit plans for an alternate route for the wall within ninety days, indicating that the Court is not willing to let Israeli’s security interests override consideration of environmental impacts and the rights of Battir’s residents.
Katz-Mink, Elana. "Dangerous Separation: An Ecosystem and Way of Life in the West Bank at the Brink of Destruction." Sustainable Development Law & Policy 13, no. 1 (2012): 47, 70.