There has been so much blood, so much despair, so much injustice and so much anger over the tragedy of Palestine. Yesterday the quiet and carefully measured judgment from the United Nations' International Court of Justice in The Hague on the illegality of Israel's 400-mile West Bank wall resonated all the louder for its calmness.
Here was an international body handing down a decision arrived at after a painstaking sifting of the evidence for and against the wall. The court has reached the conclusion that the wall is illegal, that construction must stop and that compensation must be made to Palestinians whose homes and farms have been destroyed or blighted by the edifice.
If Israel wants a wall, there is nothing to stop the Sharon government building it on its own territory. But even though the Israelis have claimed that it is only a temporary measure until suicide bombings stop, the judges at the International Court were firm that this does not entitle Israel to build the wall on Palestinian land.
The Sharon government had anticipated this verdict and said because it was not binding, it would not be bound by it. It preferred to point to last week's decision by the Israel Supreme Court that a part of the wall should be rerouted because of the hardship it would cause. This judgment proved nothing because it ignored the basic fact that Israel is simply not entitled under international law to throw up this monstrous construction on land that is not its own.
History shows that Israel will now sit tight and hope that the United States will once again come to its aid by blocking any further action. The process has already begun, with a White House spokesman denouncing the decision and claiming the court was "not the appropriate forum".
But Washington has some difficulty this time. Though The Hague court's decision cannot of itself force Israel to comply, it can form the basis for action by the UN. In the normal course of affairs the United States would squash any anti-Israeli initiative with its Security Council veto, but this is not a good moment for the Bush White House to start laying down the law at the UN.
The only way that it can disengage itself from the troubles it has unleashed in Iraq is by having the UN accept a powerful mandate to step in and support the Iraqis. Bush has always refused to admit that American support for Israel lies at the heart of the distrust and hostility it faces in the Arab world. However, with the International Court of Justice's carefully argued decision, Washington has an opportunity to make its critics in the region sit up and think. If it accepts the ruling and backs the United Nations General Assembly unequivocally when, as seems almost certain, it calls on Israel to comply with the judgment, the Sharon government will be unable to shrug off the decision. There has been a clear and fragrant breach of international law and the world's self-appointed policeman ought to find that completely unacceptable.
Source: Arab News
Mr. Gorbachev -Teardown this wall (Berlin Wall)". I wish he was alive and said the same words to Israel.
Israel not only should teardown the wall,
1)PAY the compensations ,
2)FACE all UN-sanctions.
3)FACE serious trials in the international court,
4)STOP spying muslims & apoligise to muslims,
5)STOP playing tricks especially with US.
6)STOP acting like a baby (calling US for help).
7)GIVE unconditional access to its nuclear and other facilities per UN (minus US changes), or face serious consequences( sanctions, force,boycott) like other muslim countries.
8)Should not get US aid( Tax dollars)( check out the website www.washington-report.org/us_aid_to_israel
9)MUST not face 'VETOs '- Justice & Fairness to ALL'
Enough is Enough.
ALLAH(GOD) bless the WORLD
American Muslims have a great task this November to stand totally for justice in the world. Mobilise and go to the polls, it's the only way out. We here will be praying for you.
Of course, their immunity to international laws and conventions is waved off as the norm and their arrogance for allowing this wall to continue to exist is a slap in the face of the good people of the world.
To the individual from Australia who named him or herself Peace (how ironic), how can you claim that Israel is building this wall on their land, when it has annexed unebelievable amounts of land in the West Bank from the indigenous Palestinian people?? This is the level of brainwashing many people have nowadays, that they think that this wall is being built on so called "Israeli land". That is so sickening that there are people who think this way, that it makes me wanna hurl.
to the one called "Peace" from Australia, I suggest you listen to an indigenous Jewish Palestinian called Rabbi David Yisroel Weiss of Neturei Karta, who says, according to the Torah, the state of Israel is not supposed to exist. That according to the Torah, the current state of Israel is not a Godly one, but a Zionist/Nazi State that has manifested itself as a threat to the world. Israel is NOT a Jewish state, it is a Zionist state which goes against the Torah.
If you do not believe me or still think you know what you're tlaking about, I suggest you visit, www.nkusa.org, or www.jewsagainstzionism.com.
The naming of a park area or whatever in Austria, after the founder of Zionism, Theodr Herzl who was an Ashkenazi and not an ethnic Jew, is a disgrace to Judaism, and humanity at large. These Zionists are athiestic in their ancestry, and reject God's message. Visit the websites, okay "Peace"?
In the same token, the Palestinian must stop suicide bombings. That's unIslamic and very stupid. And that's not how one should fight the trangressors and the oppressors. Yes, they have taken your land forcefully. But you have to deal them peacefully, not forcefully.
Both sides need to hang out with each other and go shopping together, and invite each other to his or her homes.
The most important thing for both sides is to cut all their ties/relationships with the United States' gov't. The US gov't is evil from day 1 (not the people) only a few thugs in the gov't. Just observe and learn from the Iraq situation. Cut all your ties with the U.S. ==> then you'll have peace and harmony exactly like you used to have before the emergence of the United States.
It is likely that America will veto any resolution that would require that Israel tear down the wall, and thus the Palestinian, Arab as well as Muslims in the world will once again point out the hypocrisy of American foreign policy.
America needs to think about the long term effects of its foreign policy. It cannot claim to support justice and democracy in the Arab world such as in Iraq, yet prevent justice in Palestine.
The outcome of this issue is the single most important factor in determining whether there will be peace in the Middle East or further violence, and the designers of American foreign policy cannot take this issue lightly.
and why can't we build a wall for safety if people are just going to keep killing us, what the hell are we suppose to do!