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Friday, July 09, 2004

The Shocker We've All Been Waiting For

VOA: The International Court of Justice says the security barrier Israel is building on the occupied West Bank land is illegal.
The non-binding advisory ruling is being issued Friday at the Hague, (Netherlands), and leaked copies of the ruling say the court declared the barrier in violation of international law.

The court called for the barrier to be dismantled and compensation to be paid to Palestinians whose property has been confiscated for the barrier project.

Israel has already said it will not abide by the world court decision. Israel insists the barrier is necessary to prevent Palestinian militants from entering Israel to carry out terrorist attacks.

Palestinians call the fence a ploy to grab land.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia called the ruling a "historic decision." But Israel says it will not abide by the ruling because it contends the court has no jurisdiction over it and the decision fails to address the issue of Palestinian terrorism.

Just in time for the Stop The Wall Tour's upcoming visit to Boulder. I can't wait.

Kol hakavod to Yossi Klein Halevi, who writes in the Jerusalem Post:
"The tragedy of the International Court's ruling on the security fence isn't only its depressing predictability, a politicization that undermines the hope for a global system of justice. Nor is the tragedy only that Israel's right to self-defense has been branded illegitimate, while the criminals remain uncensured.

Perhaps the worst consequence of the ruling is that it will reinforce Palestinians' faith in their own innocence and victimization, and preclude a self-examination of their responsibility in maintaining the conflict. That suicidal self-pity has led Palestinians from one historic calamity to another, and is precisely the reason why Israel is now building the fence."

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat talks to reporters at his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Friday, July 9, 2004. Arafat welcomed the International Court of Justice's rule that found Israel's West Bank barrier illegal, and will demand the Jewish state dismantle the structure and compensate Palestinians for confiscated land. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

argh and grrr, Yael


Israeli Mike Levine fully agrees with the Court at the Hague
via Isralert, an opt-in Jewish Advocacy Network
1. The fence must be dismantled.

The moment the Palestinians surrender all their weapons, rockets, explosives and dismantle every bomb and rocket factory we should immediately dismantle the anti-terrorist fence.

2. Palestinian landowners must be compensated.

The moment Israel receives compensation from Arab states and the Palestinians for all the death and destruction caused by all their wars and a hundred years of unrelenting terrorism we should compensate Palestinian landowners.

3. Israel must assure access to Holy Places.

Do they mean the same way that the Palestinians assured Israel access to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus when it came under Arafat’s control? It was completely destroyed. Do they mean the way Jordan assured access to 58 synagogues in Jerusalem when the Jewish sector was under their control from 1948 to 1967? They burned them all to the ground.

4. The course of the fence was not necessary to attain Israel’s security objectives.

Now this is a strange decision. Evidently the members of the world court do not read the newspapers or they would have known that although the anti-terrorism barrier is only 25% finished it has already resulted in a 90% reduction in suicide bombings and terrorist attacks.

Not one word in the court’s decision mentions the reason Israel built this barrier—more than a thousand murders, the majority of innocent civilians, perpetrated by the Palestinians in less than four years. Not one word about the 6,000 Jews maimed for life, including babies, women, and old people.

The UN established the International Court of Justice to ‘settle disputes between states’. Palestine is not a state. It has only observer status in the UN. So why was this issue even brought to the court?

The United States provides about 30% of the UN’s income, yet has only one seat on the fifteen-seat court.

Women make up more than 50% of the world’s adult population yet there is not a single woman to be found on the court.

The court’s decisions have no legal standing. They are merely opinions, totally non-binding.

Therefore how can they declare Israel’s anti-terrorist barrier illegal?

So what exactly does the court’s opinion amount to?

Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

An exercise in the UN playing with itself!


Frank at IMAO finds the Court at the Hague is trying his patience, and has a question for Hebrew speakers. Warning: His site is (admittedly) unfair. unbalanced. unmedicated.