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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Palis seek EU help with World Court

Palestinians look for EU support for World Court decision. There was also more violence in the territories.

In the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, four Palestinians were killed and one wounded in what Palestinian officials claimed was an Israeli tank attack.



Helicopters and tanks were in the general area of the blast in al-Zahra, on the outskirts of Gaza City, but the army said they had not fired at any car and their soldiers were not in the immediate area of the explosion.



Something tells me that this was another Palestinian bomb factory that blew up killing the bombmakers.

Later, Palestinian medical sources said a medical worker was shot in the stomach and wounded.



Did the reporter seek confirmation of this? If not, they should've written they could not confirm this.

In its advisory ruling Friday, the UN's International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands, declared the barrier illegal and said construction must stop. It urged the General Assembly and Security Council to consider "what further action is required to bring to an end the illegal situation."



Another error of omission by this writer. The writer should've stated why the World Court ruled as it did to allow the audience to decide whether or not the EU should assist the Palestinians in the UN.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in a speech congratulating graduates of a security training program, called Friday's decision by the International Court of Justice "a pronunciation from the world it is standing beside the Palestinian people against the apartheid wall."



Arafat has no room to talk about apartheid since his Palestinian state would not allow Jews to reside there.

Meanwhile, a teenage girl was killed Saturday in Gaza and, separately, three women were injured and pinned down under Israeli gunfire that kept residents from helping them, according to Palestinian residents and medical workers. They were hospitalized later, two with moderate injuries and one critically hurt, Palestinian doctors said.



Yet another error of omission. This leaves the perception that the Israelis were intentionally preventing aid to the Palestinian civilians. Were they being caught in the crossfire in a firefight between Palistinian gumnen and Israeli troops? Were they being used as human shields by Pali gunmen?

UPDATE: The four Palis that I said were killed in a bomb factory were actually killed in a car. I saw the video of the wrecked car on Fox News. Now I don't know how the car blew up or who blew up the car. Though the car looked like it was only in a head on collision, not hit by a tank round.








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