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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
UN Calls On Israel to Allow in Homicide Bombers
The fence has been very successful, from 2002 from the time the construction began to 2007 the number of homicide bombing attacks fell from 55 to 1. And that's just one type of Palestinian terror. Heck even the terrorists admit that the fence has worked.
Any time the Palestinians have problems with the route of the fence they can appeal to the Israeli Supreme court where they have won a host of cases forcing route changes.
So with all of this saving of lives, why is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for Israel to take down the fence and allow the terrorists back in:
Top UN official slams W. Bank barrier
THE JERUSALEM POST
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said Wednesday that Israel must tear down the West Bank security barrier, marking five years since the International Court of Justice declared the barrier illegal and a violation of Palestinian rights.
Palestinians charge the complex of walls, trenches, barbed wire and electronic sensors, which were built to stop a wave of deadly Palestinian suicide bombings, is a land grab that cuts people off from their property and basic services.
Israel did not recognize the 2004 ruling against the barrier by the International Court of Justice, an advisory opinion with no enforcement mechanism.
The barrier is about two-thirds completed. The southern section, near sparsely populated areas on both sides of the line, has not been constructed. The Supreme Court has forced rerouting of several segments closer to the Israel-West Bank line.
At a news conference in Jerusalem to mark the anniversary, the UN released a statement concluding that the completed barrier would close in 35,000 Palestinians and wall off another 125,000 on three sides.
Pillay went on to say that the barrier is only part of the problem.
"The wall is but one element of the wider system of severe restrictions on the freedom of movement imposed by the Israeli authorities on Palestinian residents of the West Bank," she said. Israeli must "dismantle the wall" and "make reparations for all damage suffered by all persons affected by the wall's construction," she said.
The Foreign Ministry had no response to the UN statement, which added that the body would release a full report on the humanitarian impact of the barrier later this month.