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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:22 PM
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UN to register complaints against West Bank fence
From Ha'aretz:

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly approved plans for a UN registry to record and process claims of damages caused by Israel's construction of its West Bank barrier.

Israel rejected the move, saying it had set up a mechanism to help those harmed by the structure, which it says is to keep out suicide bombers but which Palestinians see as a land grab to preempt talks on the borders of an eventual Palestinian state.

The barrier, a mix of electronic fences and walls, has been under construction since 2002 and eventually will stretch more than 400 miles, curling around Israeli settlements as it cuts deep into Palestinian lands.

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The assembly acted after the World Court in The Hague ruled in a July 9, 2004, advisory opinion that the barrier was illegal and should be torn down because it cut into territory seized by Israel in 1967 during the Six-Day War.

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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:29 PM
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1. dupe
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:30 PM
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2. This, is hardly something to celebrate. It is a poor excuse for "action" in
regard to a world court decision.
Why no call for sanctions? Israel is turning its back to international law and the will of the international community, and thousands of Palestinians suffer... and the UN goes starts some paperwork?
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:48 PM
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3. The way I see it, some action is better than the none that it could be.
   No, it's not a worldwide boycott of Israel but it's a positive step towards holding them more accountable for the damage they do. "The Paperwork", I find, will be useful in the future. No, it's not going to change the situation at all, today.

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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:37 PM
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4. Like to think it will lead to something. But these resolutions have
been going on for near 60 years. Not enforced.
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