[Marxism] Noam Chomsky on the Wall

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at tomaatnet.nl
Mon Feb 23 01:49:01 MST 2004

What this wall is really doing is taking Palestinian lands. It is also - as
the Israeli sociologist Baruch Kimmerling has described Israel's war of
"politicide" against the Palestinians - helping turn Palestinian communities
into dungeons, next to which the bantustans of South Africa look like
symbols of freedom, sovereignty and self-determination.

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/23/opinion/23CHOM.html

According to the legal arguments, the General Assembly convened to discuss
the fence by virtue of a special procedure, whereby the Security Council is
deemed incapable of fulfilling its "primary responsibility" for ensuring
peace and security, as a result of disagreement between the permanent
members. On the issue of the fence, the Security Council decided to adopt
the road map as the blueprint for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. In any case, the option of asking the ICJ for a legal opinion was
never raised by the Security Council before it was debated in the General
Assembly. If this argument is rejected - which it is safe to assume it will
be - the court will still have to decide if it has jurisdiction. The court
has the option of refusing to accept the General Assembly's request for a
legal opinion - its opinion is supposed to be sought on legal matters alone.
Israel could persuasively argue that the issue of the fence is
political-legal, rather that purely legal. If the court rules that the fence
is basically a legal dispute, it will have to deal with the precedent set in
its own hearings, whereby such cases can only be discussed with the full
acquiescence of both parties. Israel does not recognize the court's right to
discuss the conflict with the Palestinians. All the agreements that Israel
and the Palestinians have signed in the past speak of negotiations as the
key to resolving the dispute. They do not mention the ICJ as a forum for
conflict resolution. A legal opinion from the ICJ, unlike a ruling from the
same body, is not binding. It is up to the General Assembly to decide what
to do with the opinion. That said, the ICJ's comments will undoubtedly
influence whether it is seen in the future as a significant legal voice or
as a forum for politically influenced decisions.

From: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/397077.html

"Now Jericho was shut up inside and out because of the Israelites; no one
came out and no one went in." (Joshua 6)

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