Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that the government's Gaza withdrawal plan is constitutional, removing the last legal obstacle to this summer's pullout. In a response to petitions by the Gaza settlers, the court said that Gaza is not a part of Israel, and therefore the removal of settlers is not a violation of human rights. "The petitioners are Jews and patriots...but this court favors Palestinians," said Yoram Sheftel, an attorney for the settlers. Sheftel said the court has ruled in favor of the Palestinians with regard to the security barrier in the Jerusalem area, endangering the lives of 600,000 Jews. But he said it rules against Jewish settlers, who invested their lives in the land and who are being thrown out of their homes.
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