Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lets Say It Again: Israel's Settlement Project is Illegal

An important reminder of exactly why Israel's settlement project in the West Bank is - in addition to everything else, also -  illegal, appeared in Ynet today

In brief, because:
The West Bank was never annexed to Israel's sovereign territory ... it is under Israeli military rule. Military rule means that the state holds the territory only as a trustee.International law clearly determines that Israel can use the territory only to provide for the needs of the local population or to serve its military and security-related needs.
International law clearly states that the occupier must manage state resources (land, water, mineral rights, etc) within occupied territories for the sole benefit of the occupied population.

Of course if Israel wanted to annex the territories (and give the Palestinians residents living there Israeli citizenship) than it would be a different story. But it doesn't.

Read the full story here.

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