Israel Report

JulyAugust 2004         

The Mighty International World Court of Justice

By Mike Levine - July 9, 2004
The UN referred Israel’s anti-terrorism separation fence to the International Court of Justice in The Hague for its opinion on the legality of this barrier.

As expected the court declared the barrier illegal, that it must be dismantled, that Palestinian landowners must be compensated. The court also said they are not convinced the course chosen was necessary to attain the security objectives sought by Israel. Furthermore the court added that Israel must assure the Palestinians access to the Holy Places under its control.

This may surprise you, but I agree fully with everything the court said!

Allow me to explain what I mean.

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.

Woman 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!


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