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Israeli soldiers detain a foreign activists during a demonstration against the construction of the controversial Israeli separation barrier in the village of Maasarah near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Israel says the 650-km (405-mile) barrier is necessary to protect itself from "terrorist" attacks but the Palestinians call it an "apartheid wall" and complain that large chunks of the West Bank are cut off as a result of it. In 2004, the International Court of Justice issued a non-binding ruling declaring parts of the barrier to be illegal and calling for their removal, something Israel has refused to do.