Human Chain

New route for barrier

Israel has mapped out a new route for the separation barrier it's building on the West Bank. The Jewish state is complying with a Supreme Court ruling that the original route infringed on Palestinian rights. Security officials say the new blueprint includes significant changes and runs closer to the "Green Line" -- the frontier between Israel and the West Bank until the 1967 Mideast war. The changes are expected to be approved by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is feeling the heat from his Gaza pullout plan. Tens of thousands of Jewish settlers formed a human chain from Gaza to Jerusalem yesterday to protest the plan.