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Friday, January 23, 2004

ZAKA WANTS TO SEND BLOWN UP BUS TO THE HAGUE

JPost: Amidst Israel's preparations for the hearing on the security fence in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, ZAKA (Disaster Victims Identification Organization) has suggested sending a display of a wrecked, charred bus to drum up support for Israel's argument that the fence is necessary for self-defense.

On Thursday however, an association of terror victims families said Thursday that it opposed the idea.

As Palestinian apartheid claims are to go up against Israel's accusations of terrorism, [Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director-General for Public Affairs, Gideon] Meir said, the bus is to be put on display. However, no formal decision has been made, and if the plan will be carried out, it will be under the auspices of ZAKA, not the State of Israel.

According to reports, the Foreign Ministry is following the Palestinian preparation for the hearing with growing concern. Officials are likening the Palestinian plans to a military operation. "They are aiming to turn the hearing into a circus, just like they did in Durban [United Nations racism conference]," officials told Ynet. "The poor Dutch don't know what's in store for them."

The officials also estimated Israel's intentions to alter the fence's route, announced last week by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, would not change the outcome of the ICJ hearing.
"The issue they wish to discuss is the legality of fence construction in occupied territory. They don't care whether it take place one meter or one kilometer from the Green Line," the officials said.