South Africa and the Hague

In the Hague tomorrow, debate will begin on Israel's security barrier, erected to stem the tide of hundreds of suicide bombers, who have killed close to a thousand Israelis since the start of the Intifada in late September 2000.  This morning brings news of the latest atrocity, the murder of 7 Israelis, mostly young students, whose crime was traveling on a Jerusalem bus.  Municipal authorities in the Hague announced today that they will allow family and friends of some of the terror victims to rally outside the Court where the hearing will be held, holding pictures of the murdered Israelis. Israel, which believes the Court has no jurisdiction over the matter, will boycott the hearing.Increasingly, the security fence (it is a wall for only about 3% of its length) is described by critics as Israel's 'apartheid wall.'  The language is carefully chosen, and deliberately provocative.  Some Israel haters have at times compared Israel's behavior in the territories to the...(Read Full Article)

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