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Friday, February 20, 2004

A searing photographic essay:

On its way to the Hague
"The Human Cost of Terrorism"
Photo Exhibit at The Hague
During UN Court Hearings on Israel's Security Fence
February 23-24

Washington, D.C. - The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) is hosting a two-day photo exhibition in The Hague, Holland, showing the photos and stories of the some of the thousands of Israelis - Jews, Christians and Muslims, white and black, the elderly and children - who have been murdered or maimed in Palestinian terrorist attacks since 2000.

"THE HUMAN COST OF TERRORISM" is a photographic essay based on interviews conducted in Israel in August 2003 by Mark Dubowitz, a Vice-President of the FDD, and Jason Schwartz, a free-lance Canadian photographer.

Exhibition: February 23rd and 24th, from 9am -7pm
Press Conference: February 23rd, from 12-2pm

The Nieuwspoort International Media Center,
Wandelganger I Room, Lange Poten 10
Parliament Buildings
The Hague, Holland

The exhibit coincides with hearings by the UN's court, the International Court of Justice, on Israel's construction of a security fence to protect its citizens from terrorism. The photographs are a stark reminder of the human cost of terrorism - a cost the barrier is designed to reduce.

FDD supports the United States, the European Union and over 30 countries that have opposed the UN Court's jurisdiction to rule on Israel's anti-terrorism fence. On January 30, 2004, FDD's submitted a "Friend of the Court" Brief (pdf file) with the UN's Court arguing why, under international law, the court should not rule on the barrier, and why a ruling against the fence would hurt the war on terrorism.

FDD has also compiled a collection of useful information sources, briefings and backgrounders on the UN Court's hearing and Israel's Security Fence on our website at www.defenddemocracy.org.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan organization founded immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to conduct research and education on global terrorism, and promote democracy worldwide.

For hard-copies of the exhibition book or other information, contact Anne Marek at 202-207-1090 or anne@defenddemocracy.org. For permission to use photos and stories from the exhibition, please contact Jason Schwartz at 416-716-7802 or jason@toronto-photographer.com.
Use the link above or go to www.humancost.org to see/read the essay. It is, shall we say, very powerful.