European initiative calls on international judges to see execution of ruling

[ 10/07/2011 – 10:04 AM ]

THE HAGUE, (PIC)– A European initiative has called for creating a “global executive power” designed to enforce the International Court of Justice ruling that has outlawed Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank as Israel continues to ignore the ruling.

In a letter, the anti-barrier initiative in the Hague reminded ICJ President Hisashi Owada that it has been eight years since the court issued a ruling damning the wall, and that the Israeli occupation army has imposed the barrier unilaterally by force in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2002, isolating hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their lands.

The message also urges the UN to consider taking additional necessary measures to end the illegal situation in light of the wall and to apply the ICJ ruling, saying that “the crisis serves as a threat to international security and peace in the Middle East”.

For his part, Palestinian legislator Mustafa al-Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the National Palestinian Initiative, has called the ICJ ruling “the most important judicial ruling in the history of the Palestinian cause, as it contains confirmation of the illegitimacy of the settlement activity and the apartheid wall and Zionist activity in Jerusalem.”

He said so during a celebration on Saturday marking the anniversary that the ruling was made.

In his speech, Barghouthi emphasized the need to take the ICJ ruling to the UN and demand that sanctions be taken against Israel as was done in a similar situation in South Africa.

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