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Major Portion of Israeli Fence Is Ruled Illegal

The International Court of Justice ruled Friday that the major portion of the barrier Israel is building violated international law because it was rising on Palestinian land on the West Bank. In a nonbinding decision, it called on Israeli officials to tear down the sections it ruled to be illegal and to compensate Palestinians whose land it cuts across or whose interests have otherwise been harmed. The opinion, endorsed by all 15 justices with the exception of the sole American, Thomas Buergenthal, found that the barrier “constitutes breaches by Israel of its obligations under the applicable humanitarian law” and that it “cannot be justified by military exigencies or by the requirements of national security or public order.” Full Story

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