Arguing with Jeff, AGAIN (Jeff Northridge #46; re Dav),II - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 23.12.07 | 19:02 (IST)

    And here is a statement by John Dugard, a prominent expert on International Law. (This was also seen by Jeff, but its absorption was apparently blocked somehow: REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR (John Dugard) ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES OCCUPIED SINCE 1967 (5 September 2006) 6. Before turning to the substance of my report, there is a preliminary matter of concern which I wish to address. This is the question of occupation. The Government of Israel prefers to avoid acknowledging the fact that OPT, that is both the West Bank and Gaza, including East Jerusalem, is occupied territory. Instead, it prefers to speak about the "disputed territories" and to assert that the withdrawal of settlers and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) from Gaza in August 2005 has terminated the occupation of Gaza. This is a misconception of both law and fact. . 8. In August 2005 Israel withdrew its settlers and armed forces from Gaza. Statements by the Government of Israel that the withdrawal ended the occupation of Gaza are grossly inaccurate. Even before the commencement of "Operation Summer Rains", Gaza remained under the effective control of Israel. . The actions of IDF in respect of Gaza have clearly demonstrated that modern technology allows an occupying Power to effectively control a territory even without a military presence. "

    from the article: Ehud Olmert rejects Hamas' offer of cease-fire in Gaza Strip
    First published 00:00 23.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 23.12.07
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