A Wall By Any Other Name

The Israeli government refers to the controversial barrier it's building in the West Bank as a "security fence," but that may soon change. The Associated Press reports that a new name, the "terror prevention fence," was discussed at a recent meeting between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and high-ranking officials. According to AP, the name change is part of an effort "to improve its international image" prior to a case on the barrier's legality before the International Court of Justice in The Hague next month. Israel says the barrier is needed to keep out suicide bombers, while Palestinian groups (who refer to it as the "Berlin Wall" or "apartheid wall") call it a land grab.