At the same time as Israel is burying eight victims of a suicide bombing yesterday by a member of Yasser Arafat’s own Al Aqsa brigade, the Palestinians are using the United Nations Court to attack Israel for building a fence that could have saved their lives.

The Palestinian statements to the court today confirmed the concerns of many countries about the one-sided nature of the question before the court: it seeks to put Israel’s measures to stop terrorism on trial, but not the terrorists themselves; it focuses only on Palestinian quality of life and not on the right of Israelis to life itself; and it stresses only Israeli responsibilities without a word about the responsibilities of the Palestinian side.