A Minor Victory

Folks, when politics are taken out of the equation, you get intellectual honesty.

A student court in New York ruled recently that Israel’s West Bank security barrier is legal and that The Hague lacks jurisdiction in the matter.

Students at New York University’s law school represented the parties involved in the International Court of Justice’s hearing held earlier this year at The Hague on the legality of Israel’s security fence. Under the instruction of Richard Goldstone, a South African judge who served as chief prosecutor for the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the student court ruled that Israel has a right to erect a fence for self-defense. Dan Gillerman, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, called the decision a “refreshing” development in “a world of hypocrisy, sanctimoniousness and double-standards that condemns the party that fights terrorism rather than the one that encourages terror.”

The real court will announce its ruling July 9.

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