Full Text of the Official ICJ Ruling on the Apartheid Wall - ILLEGAL!!

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, despite intense pressure from Israel, the US and EU Governments, confirms what Palestinians and the world have known since the beginning of its planning and construction – THE WALL IS ILLEGAL!



What follows is the last three pages of the official ruling. Please click here to download the full ruling in PDF format.





THE COURT,



(1) Unanimously,



Finds that it has jurisdiction to give the advisory opinion requested;



(2) By fourteen votes to one,



Decides to comply with the request for an advisory opinion;



IN FAVOUR: President Shi; Vice President Ranjeva; Judges Guillaume, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra Aranguren, Kooijmans, Rezek, Al Khasawneh, Elaraby, Owada, Simma, Tomka;



AGAINST: Judge Buergenthal;



(3) Replies in the following manner to the question put by the General Assembly:



A. By fourteen votes to one,

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;



IN FAVOUR: President Shi; Vice President Ranjeva; Judges Guillaume, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra Aranguren, Kooijmans, Rezek, Al Khasawneh, Elaraby, Owada, Simma, Tomka;



AGAINST: Judge Buergenthal;



B. By fourteen votes to one,

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, to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated, and to repeal or render ineffective forthwith all legislative and regulatory acts relating thereto, in accordance with paragraph 151 of this Opinion;



IN FAVOUR: President Shi; Vice President Ranjeva; Judges Guillaume, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra Aranguren, Kooijmans, Rezek, Al Khasawneh, Elaraby, Owada, Simma, Tomka;



AGAINST: Judge Buergenthal;



C. By fourteen votes to one,

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;



IN FAVOUR: President Shi; Vice President Ranjeva; Judges Guillaume, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra Aranguren, Kooijmans, Rezek, Al Khasawneh, Elaraby, Owada, Simma, Tomka;



AGAINST: Judge Buergenthal;



D. By thirteen votes to two,

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;



IN FAVOUR: President Shi; Vice President Ranjeva; Judges Guillaume, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra Aranguren, Rezek, Al Khasawneh, Elaraby, Owada, Simma, Tomka;



AGAINST: Judges Kooijmans, Buergenthal;



E. By fourteen votes to one,

The United Nations, and especially the General Assembly and the Security Council, should consider what further action is required to bring to an end the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and the associated régime, taking due account of the present Advisory Opinion.



IN FAVOUR: President Shi; Vice President Ranjeva; Judges Guillaume, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra Aranguren, Kooijmans, Rezek, Al Khasawneh, Elaraby, Owada, Simma, Tomka;



AGAINST: Judge Buergenthal.





Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this ninth day of July, two thousand and four, in two copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the other transmitted to the Secretary General of the United Nations.



(Signed) SHI Jiuyong,

President.



(Signed) Philippe COUVREUR,

Registrar.
































































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