A Fence Goes on Trial


COURTING CONTROVERSY: The ICJ hears the Palestinian case against Israel's barrier

The home of the international Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague is called the Peace Palace. But last week, as the court held three days of hearings on the legality of the security barrier Israel is building to keep out suicide bombers, war was in the air. Outside the palace, pro-Israeli demonstrators recited the names of suicide-bombing victims. The Orthodox Jewish group Zaka made its point by parking the charred remains of a bus destroyed by a suicide bomber out front. In response, pro-Palestinian activists shouted, "Stop the occupation now!" As the debate raged, many people wondered whether the ICJ...

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