Nadler: The International Court of Justice Ruling is Wrong

Jul 13, 2004

Washington, DC -- Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) criticized the International Court of Justice for ruling that the security fence currently under construction in Israel is a violation of international law. Nadler's statement on the ruling follows:

"The named International Court of Justice doesn't seem to understand exactly what the Israeli people have been dealing with due to Palestinian terrorists. Well, I will tell them. Last August, I was in Jerusalem. I was within 100 yards of a bus on the number 14 route when a bomb was set off by the Al-Aqsa Brigades, which are affiliated with the Fattah movement chaired by Chairman Arafat. The bomb was timed to destroy a bus and the people on it during rush hour, when schoolchildren were going to school, and when men and women were going to work. Eight people, including two high school students, were killed, and over 50 were wounded. Chairman Arafat's group later claimed credit for this 'successful military operation.'

"The bomber came in through a gap in the security fence, which has not yet been completed. The Israelis must finish that fence as a pure defensive reaction. To criticize the Israelis for building a security fence -- when any other country that was under the kind of sustained terror attack that Israel is under would not be building a security fence, but would be attacking with bombs and missiles -- is the height of hypocrisy.

"The Israelis should be applauded for trying to stop this carnage and the murder of civilians, not by invasion and by bombs and missiles, but simply by building a security fence. Why isn't the International Court of Justice declaring that the violence against the Israelis by Palestinian extremists is a violation of international law?

"The International Court of Justice ought to support the security fence, and we ought to hail the Israelis for their restrained reaction instead of allowing hypocrites to, in effect, support the campaign of terror by opposing completion of the fence."