[Marxism] The wall: the view from Belize
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Tue Feb 24 06:58:35 MST 2004
Belize backed Israel's right to take measures to protect its citizens
against a campaign of suicide bombings, but urged the court to declare the
barrier illegal. "We have to bring to an end the ignoble terrorism that
takes place in Israel and we recognize Israel is entitled to protect itself.
But the building of a wall is a bad and inappropriate response," Belize
representative Bassam Freiha said. "Under normal circumstances, Belize would
not be involved in this kind of discussion at all, at the Hague. We have our
own problems to deal with," Cabinet Secretary Robert Leslie told Israel
Radio. "I think that somewhere along the line, some mistake must have been
made. It is not in the interest of Belize to participate, or to make
statements on these matters at this time." Belize, a small nation on the
Caribbean coast of Central America, was known as British Honduras until its
name was changed in 1973.
The cabinet secretary of Belize, one of seven nations slated to argue
Tuesday against the legality of the West Bank fence in The Hague, said that
the decision to testify may have been made in error, and that it was not in
the interest of the Central American nation to take part in the proceedings.
Belize, Cuba, Indonesia, Jordan and Madagascar are scheduled to appear
before the International Court of Justice at The Hague when it reconvenes
for a second day on Tuesday morning to hear arguments against the West Bank
separation barrier. Malaysia and Senegal will present their arguments to the
court on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, Palestinian representatives opened
the hearings, arguing that the fence could cripple efforts for a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Haaretz also reports that on Tuesday, three Border Policemen were "lightly
hurt" during a protest against the separation fence in the West Bank city of
Ramallah. Hundreds of Palestinians and several Israeli left-wing activists
participated in the demonstration, and confronted security forces.
Palestinian sources said 20 Palestinian protesters were "lightly hurt" by
smoke inhalation during the demonstration. Security forces arrested five
Palestinians and two left-wing activists.
Cuba joined a line-up of mostly Arab and Muslim states urging the Hague
court to declare the chain of fences and walls illegal. "The construction of
the wall by Israel violates fundamental principles and norms enshrined in
the charter of the United Nations and international law," Cuban Deputy
Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno Fernandez told the 15-judge panel. Cuba's
communist-run government criticized the barrier as a "crime" against
But spokesman from the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem dismissed the dozen
countries presenting oral arguments in support of the Palestinians as "the
usual collection of dictatorships and Arab states against Israel."
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