Thursday, February 19, 2004

Red Cross against the security fence

The Red Cross wants Israel to stop building its security fence on the West Bank.

The International Committee of the Red Cross wants Israel to stop building the security fence through the West Bank because it says it breaches international law and is causing widespread harm to Palestinians.

Israel denounced the Red Cross's unusually public criticism as political, coming as it did days before a legal challenge to the barrier at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

The Red Cross said where the 200 kilometres of barrier already built entered occupied Palestinian territory it had resulted in widespread appropriation or destruction of Palestinian property.

"The barrier deprives thousands of Palestinian residents of adequate access to basic services such as water, health care and education, as well as sources of income such as agriculture and other forms of employment."

The IDF has at least 900 good reasons to build the fence. And the State of Israel has answered all of the questions regarded the fence. Maybe the Red Cross is more comfortable with this?


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