#25 Duncan Part 2 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 03.09.07 | 04:46 (IDT)

    D: "how do you know that Israel has an obligation to demolish `illegal` settlements. maybe it is a one off breach of international law, not a continuous one." You *do* understand the distinction in Israeli law between a "legal" settlement and an "illegal" outpost, don't you? A "legal" settlement is one where the IDF commander has signed a decree claiming that the settlement is being built for immediate and necessary security purposes, and therefore the land can be requisitioned for that construction. By its very nature "requisitioning" for "security needs" makes the settlements temporary. It is a legal fiction, because the nature of the construction and the nature of the people so settled - and the pronouncements made by the Israeli govt - ALL make clear that these settlements are an attempt at the permanent colonization of that land, and that makes these "legal" settlements AS ILLEGAL under Int'l Law as the "illegal" outposts.

    from the article: Failed marks in comprehension
    First published 00:00 27.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 27.08.07
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