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The following is an excerpt of a speech, to be presented by Dr. de Currea Lugo at the "United Nations International Meeting on the Implications of the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including around East Jerusalem", Geneva, April 2004.




The following is an excerpt of a speech, to be presented by Dr. de Currea Lugo at the "United Nations International Meeting on the Implications of the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including around East Jerusalem", Geneva, April 2004.




The following is an excerpt of a speech, to be presented by Dr. de Currea Lugo at the "United Nations International Meeting on the Implications of the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including around East Jerusalem", Geneva, April 2004.

International Convention on the Suppression

and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid




Adopted and opened for signature, ratification by

General Assembly resolution 3068 (XXVIII)

of 30 November 1973



entry into force 18 July 1976, in accordance with article X














The States Parties to the present Convention,







After using force to move protesters away from the Apartheid Wall construction site in Biddu village, work continued unhindered, with Occupation forces continuing their assault against the villagers, ensuring they didn't interfere. This 45 second video shows the extent of the destruction to village lands, with several Occupation bulldozers clearing land, while others work to "replant" olive trees, after having butchered them of all their branches a few hours earlier.




In one of the more horrifying examples of how quickly the Apartheid Wall is being built, some 250 metres of Wall have been erected in only 2 weeks in Bethlehem. The first set of images were taken on March 14th in the Northern Bethlehem, Beit Jala area. Only two weeks later, on March 30th, a quarter kilometer stretch of 8 metre high Wall ran through the area.

Before the Aqsa intifada Occupation forces, together with Israeli settlers confiscated large areas of Shufa's lands from the west to build the settlement of Avne Hefetz, which was partially built on the main road linking the village to Tulkarem. This lead to closure of the road as Occupation soldiers and settlers prohibited villagers from using it. Later, Occupation forces closed the other road between Shufa and Safarin east of the village, as well lands were confiscated to open a new bypass road coming from Taiba- an Arab village Occupied in 1948.

To mark Land Day the inhabitants of Beit Liqya marched from the village to their lands, which have already been bulldozed for the Apartheid Wall. The area, once beautifully lush olive groves, is now scarred with paths for the wall, and littered with broken olive trees. In a symbol of their resistance villagers planted young olive trees in the path cleared for the Wall, and chanted anti-Wall slogans.



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The inhabitants of Beit Duqqu marked Land Day by marching to the village lands currently threatened with destruction by the Apartheid Wall. Villagers deomonstrated on their lands for most of the day.



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Israel's refusal to appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing on the West Bank security wall demonstrates its longstanding contempt for the United Nations and flouting of international law. Yet, instead of eliciting condemnation and threats of reprisals from the United States, Britain and the European Union for having acted as a "rogue state," Israel has been supported in its insistence that the ICJ—and by extension the United Nations—has no right to interfere in Israel’s affairs without prior agreement.




Israel's refusal to appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing on the West Bank security wall demonstrates its longstanding contempt for the United Nations and flouting of international law. Yet, instead of eliciting condemnation and threats of reprisals from the United States, Britain and the European Union for having acted as a "rogue state," Israel has been supported in its insistence that the ICJ—and by extension the United Nations—has no right to interfere in Israel’s affairs without prior agreement.




Israel's refusal to appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing on the West Bank security wall demonstrates its longstanding contempt for the United Nations and flouting of international law. Yet, instead of eliciting condemnation and threats of reprisals from the United States, Britain and the European Union for having acted as a "rogue state," Israel has been supported in its insistence that the ICJ—and by extension the United Nations—has no right to interfere in Israel’s affairs without prior agreement.




"The truth is that the problem for Zionism was always how to keep Palestine without the Palestinians. And hence today's Israeli anxieties..."





Israel's deputy defense minister, Ze'ev Boim, recently wondered whether there was a genetic defect that made Arabs terrorists. "What is it with Islam in general and the Palestinians in particular?" he asked on Israel army radio. "Is it some sort of cultural deficiency? Is it a genetic defect?"







"The truth is that the problem for Zionism was always how to keep Palestine without the Palestinians. And hence today's Israeli anxieties..."





Israel's deputy defense minister, Ze'ev Boim, recently wondered whether there was a genetic defect that made Arabs terrorists. "What is it with Islam in general and the Palestinians in particular?" he asked on Israel army radio. "Is it some sort of cultural deficiency? Is it a genetic defect?"







"The truth is that the problem for Zionism was always how to keep Palestine without the Palestinians. And hence today's Israeli anxieties..."





Israel's deputy defense minister, Ze'ev Boim, recently wondered whether there was a genetic defect that made Arabs terrorists. "What is it with Islam in general and the Palestinians in particular?" he asked on Israel army radio. "Is it some sort of cultural deficiency? Is it a genetic defect?"







In the last few weeks Israeli Occupation forces began bringing trucks of blocks to the Ar Ram, Al Barid, Beit Hanina area. Starting at the Dahia Checkpoint, troops have returned every few days to unload another truckload of Wall segments, and have now extended almost to the traffic lights in the center of Ar Ram. Similarly to Abu Dis, ironically where many of these blocks have been moved from, small segments will be used first, gradually being replaced by the 8 meter tall blocks.



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The Israeli government is refusing to accept the right of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to render an "advisory opinion" on the legality of its West Bank security barrier. Its stance is supported by the United States and the European Union, which claim that it is outside the court's remit.



The Likud-led coalition is not attending the three-day hearing and has mounted protests outside the court by various Zionist groups claiming that the fortified wall is solely to prevent suicide bombings and other terrorist activities.






The Israeli government is refusing to accept the right of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to render an "advisory opinion" on the legality of its West Bank security barrier. Its stance is supported by the United States and the European Union, which claim that it is outside the court's remit.



The Likud-led coalition is not attending the three-day hearing and has mounted protests outside the court by various Zionist groups claiming that the fortified wall is solely to prevent suicide bombings and other terrorist activities.






The Israeli government is refusing to accept the right of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to render an "advisory opinion" on the legality of its West Bank security barrier. Its stance is supported by the United States and the European Union, which claim that it is outside the court's remit.



The Likud-led coalition is not attending the three-day hearing and has mounted protests outside the court by various Zionist groups claiming that the fortified wall is solely to prevent suicide bombings and other terrorist activities.






A translation of our english campaign map, this new map created by the Palestine Land Development Information Systems (PALDIS) for PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign shows the Wall's latest path of devastation and ghettoization of the West Bank. Finalized in November 2003, with further updates in March 2004, this map reveals that if completed in its entirety, nearly 50% of the West Bank population will be affected by the Wall though the loss of their land, imprisonment into ghettos, isolation into de facto annexed areas by Israel.

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Updated from July 2003, this new map created by the Palestine Land Development Information Systems (PALDIS) for PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign shows the Wall’s latest path of devastation and ghettoization of the West Bank. Finalized in November 2003, with further updates in March 2004, this map reveals that if completed in its entirety, nearly 50% of the West Bank population will be affected by the Wall though the loss of their land, imprisonment into ghettos, isolation into de facto annexed areas by Israel.

Israeli officials were badly shaken by the success of two 18-year-old men from Jabaliya refugee camp who exited the Gaza Strip undetected and then penetrated the security of nearby Ashdod's port.



The pair detonated their explosives at separate locations, killing 10 Israeli port workers. One of the men nearly reached his supposed target, a fuel depot, where an explosion could have resulted in far higher casualties.






Israeli officials were badly shaken by the success of two 18-year-old men from Jabaliya refugee camp who exited the Gaza Strip undetected and then penetrated the security of nearby Ashdod's port.



The pair detonated their explosives at separate locations, killing 10 Israeli port workers. One of the men nearly reached his supposed target, a fuel depot, where an explosion could have resulted in far higher casualties.






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