Lancaster, Pat
August 2004
Middle East;Aug/Sep2004, Issue 348, p5
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in the Hague confirmed in July 2004 what most of the civilised world has been saying for many months — that Israel's planned erection of a concrete structure, almost 700km long and, in parts, eight metres high must be stopped. Later, in New York, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding Israel comply with the ICJ ruling and tear down the wall, which will effectively seal off the West Bank. The UN assembly vote, like the advisory opinion of the ICJ, is not legally binding. Predictably, Israel has announced point blank that it will not comply and vowed to continue with construction. However, the Israelis are undeniably rattled. Silvan Shalom, the Israeli foreign minister told a press conference the EU attitude encouraged the Palestinians to evade their responsibilities in fighting terror.


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