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Time to Scrap Israel's Apartheid Wall

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Category: International Politics

Israel’s separation wall is 700 kilometres long, stretching from the northern West Bank to its southern tip. Israel claims the wall is necessary for the country’s security. For Palestinians, the separation wall is the latest attempt by the occupying power to unilaterally seize more of their homeland.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled the following:

"The construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated régime, are contrary to international law.

Israel is under an obligation to terminate its breaches of international law;  it is under an obligation to cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem.

Israel is under an obligation to make reparation for all damage caused by the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem.

All States are under an obligation not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction; all States parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 have in addition the obligation, while respecting the United Nations Charter and international law, to ensure compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law as embodied in that Convention."


During his visit to Palestine in 2014, Desmond Tutu said:

"I know firsthand that Israel has created an Apartheid reality within its borders and through its occupation. The parallels to my own beloved South Africa are painfully stark indeed."

Background image courtesy of TheWallWillFall.org, modified by me.

Edit: The DA staff has forced me to tag this image as 'Mature Content' but I have no idea why...

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