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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Alan Dershowitz on the ICJ ruling:

JPost: Israel follows its own law, not bigoted Hague decision

...No Israeli judge may serve on that court as a permanent member, while sworn enemies of Israel serve among its judges, several of whom represent countries that do not abide by the rule of law. Virtually every democracy voted against that court's taking jurisdiction over the fence case, while nearly every country that voted to take jurisdiction was a tyranny. Israel owes the International Court absolutely no deference. It is under neither a moral nor a legal obligation to give any weight to its predetermined decision.

The Supreme Court of Israel recognized the unquestionable reality that the security fence has saved numerous lives and promises to save more, but it also recognized that this benefit must be weighed against the material disadvantages to West Bank Palestinians. The International Court, on the other hand, discounted the saving of lives and focused only on the Palestinian interests. By showing its preference for Palestinian property rights over the lives of Jews, the International Court displayed its bigotry...

Read it all. The editors tell us:

Prof. Dershowitz wrote this article the day before the International Court rendered this opinion because he was certain – based on the composition of the court – that its verdict would be against Israel. Following the decision he did not have to change a single word.

This link comes via Honest Reporting's report on the ruling, which has a number of worthwhile links, including one to this lengthy treatment by Laurence E. Rothenberg and Abraham Bell, written back in February.

Of course, the AP, as published in the Boston Globe, has taken to quoting terrorist leaders for reaction, without, of course, mentioning the fact. Just another Arab leader, don't you know:

Although many in the Arab world welcomed the ruling, some voiced skepticism at the possibility of UN action. "Americans will be waiting there with a ready veto," Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, said in Lebanon.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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