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EU/PALESTINE: MEPS TO SEE THE REAL ISRAEL AND PALESTINE.

Ms Morgantini wants to see review the situation following the International Court of Justice's July 9 decision, which ruled on the legality of the wall, part of which lies within the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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On July 9 2004, the International Court of Justice decided ruled that the separation wall was illegal and should be dismantled. According to Tel-Aviv, the wall is needed to stop Palestinian terrorist attacks. While recognising the Israeli right to live in security, the Court found the walls construction contrary to international law; it demanded Israel stop its building work and dismantle those parts already constructed on Palestinian territory. Moreover, it said Israel should pay reparations for all damage caused by the construction of the wall in these territories.

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According to Ms Morgantini, "there is a lot of disinformation going around about the separation wall". She believes its construction entails "major violations of the freedom of movement for hundreds of thousands of civilians, destroys family units and stops Palestinians from reaching their land; they are deprived of water and isolated in their workplaces, schools and hospitals". She claims that the wall has, in effect, annexed "between 42 and 45% of the Occupied Palestinian Territories".

The Parliamentary delegation - to include 13 MEPs from EU States from several political groups (EPP, PES, Greens and GUE) will meet elected officials, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, and if possible, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. The MEPs will draft a report on possible solutions to end the region's violence.

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