The Construction of the Israeli Apartheid Wall

Dr. Hans Koechler, the moderator of last panel discussion which was held on March 26 2010 at the UN Vienna during the Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, said that the big problem, as far as international law was concerned, was the gap between legal norms and the situation on the ground. The norms were clear, as had been confirmed by the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion.

The basic elements of that Opinion were: the construction of the wall was contrary to international law; Israel was under obligation to terminate its construction, dismantle it and repeal all legislative acts that related to it; Israel was under obligation to pay reparations for all damage caused by the wall; all States were under obligation not to recognize any consequences of the wall construction and not to aid such construction; and the United Nations should consider what further action was required to bring an end to the construction.

It was therefore appropriate for the United Nations to organize meetings such as the current one. The implementation of the law was unfortunately something that was left to international politics as international law was not self-enforcing. There stood only two avenues open in terms of enforcement. First, there were compulsory measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, which were impossible to use as long as one permanent Member of the Security Council would cast a negative vote. Second, those States that had ratified the Geneva Conventions could take measures, including economic ones, against Israel. The realistic action was to exercise political pressure. That was the predicament the United Nations and the international community was in. It was therefore appropriate that civil society stepped in, especially in the countries that were permanent members of the Security Council.

4 comments to The Construction of the Israeli Apartheid Wall

  • It is a statement of utter obvious truth that the Apartheid prison wall was built to pillage land from Palestinians and facilitate the imperious murder of Palestinians by genocidal “Israhell”. It is an act of enslavement against the innocent Palestinians and must come down and the Jews must leave Palestine.

    Moses (PBUH) and Jesus (PBUH) and Muhammad (PBUH) all are united in saying Free Palestine!

    Steve

  • Palestine was a peaceful, rural, biblical land where the people grew grapes which were known all over the ancient World even as very special indeed. They grew many delicious things like oranges and just about any fruit one could want. In some places their pottery is of the very same design as it was two thousand or more years ago. Many people used to go there on pilgrimage, soaking up the spiritual atmosphere of the land. Since the Jews invaded Palestine they have destroyed all the peace and sense of spirituality. They do not even believe in an after life, but only in materialism. This is the basic reason, it seems to me, that the land has been desecrated. Even the Jordan River, which has been sacred to millions – or billions I suppose – is said to be now just a filthy ditch, very badly polluted.

    How anyone with the slightest religious feeling could build that monstrous ugly wall in such a place is beyond me. Obviously there is no spirituality in the sort of people who can even think of such a thing, let alone carry it out to imprison human beings.

  • Carlos A. Thomas L.

    Don’t forget that the Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld said two very interesting things: “We ought to build a wall “so high, that not even a bird can fly over it.”” (http://www.rense.com/general34/dutchisraelimilitary.htm) and this other that can put him close to Nostradamus: “Israel could find itself one day forced to exterminate the European continent using all kinds of weapons including its nuclear arsenal if it felt its demise neared, stressing that Israel also considers Europe a hostile target.” (http://www.politicaltheatrics.net/2010/03/israeli-historian-israel-could-find-itself-forced-to-wipe-out-europe/)

    Pay attention to nexts weeks.

    Carlos

  • disgusted

    Talk talk blah de blah blah de blah and still we have in our midst apartheid genocide flagrant disregard of any of the last vestiges of humanity and yet our governments are subsidising the whole kit and kaboodle in our name I am ashamed.

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