Gaza mortar shells target Israeli forces searching for Hamas tunnels; Israel responds with airstrike, tank fire and declares border area a closed military zone; Hamas evacuates two schools as a precautionary measure.21:44 04.05.16 | 4 comments
You are wrong about the Israeli occupation of Gaza. The only legal reference to the question of occupation of Gaza is the Hague Regulations (Hague IV,art.42). Under the terms of the Hague Regulations, Israel is still an occupying power as it continues to exercise effective control: Israel controls the borders and access into and out of Gaza, including the sea and air space; Israel has also reserved (and has exercised) the right to intervene militarily in Gaza and continued to control Gaza's infrastructure (water and electricity, fuel, imports/exports, radio and TV frequencies, etc.) Israel is thus bound by the responsibilities of an occupying power. Even if Gaza is run by Adolph Hitler, article 33 remains in effect. Article 33 refers to that article in the 4th Geneva Convention which declares collective punishment of a civilian population to be a war crime.