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Saturday, February 21, 2004

ARGH! International Court of "Justice" at the Hague rejects
participation of FAMILIES OF TERROR VICTIMS

Court holds that families do not represent a country (but the Palestinians do?)
JPost: The International Court of Justice in The Hague rejected Saturday the request of Israeli terror victims' families to participate in the court's hearing regarding the West Bank security fence, Israel Radio reported.

The court argued that the families do not represent a county and therefore should not take part in the hearing (NB: both the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference are participating, but those organizations "involve countries.")

Fourteen governments and two organizations are to testify in the ICJ three-day hearing, beginning next week. Most of the legal testimonies will be against the fence.

Israel is boycotting the internal legal proceedings, which will be broadcast live on the court's website, but it is sending a media team to play to the cameras on the street.

Israelis, their supporters, and Jews from around the world hope to highlight on the street that the issue here is terrorism, not the fence.

Zaka (Disaster Victims Identification) has sent the shell of the bombed out No. 19 bus in which 11 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem last month.

Representing the 927 victims of Palestinian terrorism, 927 students will march through the streets of The Hague carrying placards with pictures of the dead and their names. The rally, organized by the Jewish Agency, will end with a silent vigil in front of the court.
There's a story at JPost, of how Hauge Mayor Wim Deetman sought to stop pro-Israel demonstrators from holding up pictures and names of the 927 terror victims (since 2000), calling the demonstrations "provocative." He also accused the Israeli Embassy of disturbing the peace . . .

See also Maariv: Arab MKs will protest against Israel's counter-terrorism fence at the Hague.