The Apartheid Wall through Ar Ram runs in the middle of the main Jerusalem-Ramallah road, separating the two sides of the street. The Wall in Ar Ram will place sixty thousand people in a hanging ghetto, linked to Ramallah by either a bridge or a tunnel, separating the residents from Jerusalem.

***image2***Severe cracks surfaced inside the Israeli government this week as its senior law officers publicly fell out with the defence establishment and the Foreign Ministry over the country's future strategy in the face of the July verdict of the International Court of Justice that the separation wall being built in the West Bank is illegal.

The Wall is tearing through the Bethlehem District at an ever-rapid pace, destroying and isolating Palestinian lands, while entirely encircling some communities.

In the south and West of Beit Jala and the Walaja area, Occupation Forces started destroying lands for the Wall 2 weeks ago, though have currently been stopped after a petition to the Occupation High Court. If the Wall is completed in the Beit Jala area, 345 dunums of land will be destroyed for construction while 3040 dunums of land will be isolated behind it.

The great anti-racist fighter Malcolm X once said the problem with corporate owned media and capitalist politicians was that they always made the victim look like the aggressor and the aggressor look like the victim. He called this propaganda "tricknology)”. Today you'd be hard pressed to find a greater example of media tricknology than the depiction of the Palestinian struggle. If you based yourself exclusively on mainstream media reporting, you could be excused for believing that the Palestinians brought all their suffering and misery on themselves!

On August 9, Occupation settlers burnt and destroyed lands and 60 trees in Marda village, in the Salfit District. The following pictures show the devastation caused by the settlers.

A short clip taken from the 27 minute video, The Cage, by Omar Nazzal, which shows the economic, social and agricultural impacts of the Apartheid Wall on Palestinian Society. Focusing largely on the Tulkarem and Qaliqilya districts the full video details the daily hardships Palestinians face, from destruction of homes and land; the theft of Palestinian resources; locked gates baring farmers from their lands, and children from their schools; as well as the daily humiliations carried out by Occupation forces.

Al Bandak Stone, one of the oldest factories in Palestine, established in 1967, has been, like all Palestinian economic establishments, routinely targeted by Occupation forces in a continuing attempt to close down and destroy the factory. As well, closures imposed by the Occupation forces on Bethlehem has severely impacted the factory, with financial losses accrued over the last few years amounting to more than 700,000 NIS.

No doubt, expectations in Palestine - and among its supporters - had been low in regards to the International Court of Justice "Advisory Opinion." The Court, as the United Nations as a whole, was expected to fall substantially short in its decision. With the continued failure of the UN in relation to Palestinian rights and self-determination, the decision or opinion was understood as predominantly public relations.

At 6:00am on July 20th, 2004 Occupation forces moved into Barta'a Sharqiya with hundreds of troops, and a large number of bulldozers, and began demolishing factories and shops in the village's commercial area, demolishing some 26 commercials buildings in the course of the day, destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of Palestinians. This video shows the razing of several small shops, and the flattening of a larger commercial building. There is also a longer video available for download that shows the full extent of the destruction wrought on the people of Barta'a Sharqiya.

At 6:00am on July 20th, 2004 Occupation forces moved into Barta'a Sharqiya with hundreds of troops, and a large number of bulldozers, and began demolishing factories and shops in the village's commercial area, destroying within only a few hours a sewing factory where 30 women work, three houses, an olive mill, three furniture stores, and four workshops. By the end of the day some 26 buildings had been demolished, and destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of Palestinians.



Occupation forces in conjunction with Settlers continue to hold "War Games" at the main gate in the Apartheid Wall used by the farmers of Jayyus to reach their isolated lands. Construction also continues on the military camp being prepared in the area, with more and more Occupation vehicles and tents taking up positions in the area.






Large numbers of Occupation Forces and settlers recently invaded the lands isolated behind the Apartheid Wall in Jayyus, and on a hill which is located on Jayyus lands close to the Wall on the western side, have now established a military "camp." Occupation forces together with the settlers have installed a number of tents and have reinforced them with concrete blocks. In addition, they have also started opening new roads in the lands with signs labeled with the names of previous Occupation leaders as well as the names of alcoholic drinks, which hold certain military meanings.

When the dynamics of power politics divert the public sphere, in the case of the state, and international public opinion, in the case of nations, from the plight of the victim then it is time that the dry language of the court comes to the rescue. The reason is that this language is not subject to the constraints of the balance of power, or to the demands of diplomatic niceties, but serves to interpret law and pronounce judgement.

History of the proceedings (paras. 1-12)

The Court first recalls that on 10 December 2003 the Secretary-General of the United Nations officially communicated to the Court the decision taken by the General Assembly to submit the question set forth in its resolution ES-10/14, adopted on 8 December 2003 at its Tenth Emergency Special Session, for an advisory opinion. The question is the following:


The Court finds that the construction by Israel of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory and its associated régime are contrary to international law; it states
the legal consequences arising from that illegality.

The latest political cartoon from Khalil Abu Arafeh comes in response to the ICJ ruling that the Apartheid Wall is illegal. Time will tell if international pressure, sanctions, boycott and support of Palestinian resistance to the Wall will ultimately make the impact of the ICJ ruling strong enough to bring the Wall down.


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.


(1) Unanimously,

This map shows the different, “alternative routes” of sections of the originally planned Wall around the North West Jerusalem villages affected by the recent Israeli High Court ruling:

In the northern Jordan Valley area, between Mutila and the Jordanian border Occupation forces have been working to construct the section of the Apartheid Wall which will close off the West Bank in that area. The local villages of Bardala, Kardala, Tell Himma, and Ein al Beida, have all lost farmlands under the footprint of the Wall, and will lose even more with the Wall isolating village lands to the north.





***image4***On Wednesday 30 June 2004, the Occupation’s high court gave its decision ruling out 30 km of the Wall’s route in the Northwest Jerusalem villages of Beit Surik, Biddu, Qatanna, Beit Ijza, Qubieba, Beit Inan, Beit Duqqu, and Beit Liqiya. The Occupation’s court asked the Occupation military to come back with new maps for the Wall’s path in that area that will take into consideration the humanitarian conditions of the Palestinians living in these villages, while security considerations are also to be maintained.

The Illegality of South Africa's Occupation of Namibia

ICJ Ruling, International Court of Justice

In 1971, after years of South Afican Occupation, and countless UN resolutions the ICJ heard the case for the "Legal Consequences of the Continued Presence of South Africa in Namibia." After deliberations the ICJ found the continued Occupation of Namibia to be illegal under International law. Shortly thereafter the international community imposed sanctions on the Apartheid State.

On the 9th of July, 3 pm, the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the illegality of the Apartheid Wall will be issued.

On Saturday June 26th, a popular demonstration, consisting of 1000s of Ar Ram residents, protesting the impending destruction of their lives and livlihoods by the Apartheid Wall, was violently crushed by Occupation forces before it could even begin. Demonstrators had barely left the Ar Ram crossroads, when waiting Occupation soldiers opened fire with barrages of tear gas, and concussion grenades, and later bringing in a water cannon.

Live Internet video coverage of the reading of the Court’s Advisory Opinion on Friday 9 July 2004, from 3 p.m.

THE HAGUE, 25 June 2004. The reading of the Advisory Opinion to be rendered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), principal judicial organ of the United Nations, in the case concerning the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (request for advisory opinion), will be transmitted in full, live, on the Court’s website ( on Friday 9 July 2004, from 3 p.m.


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