By definition, a State cannot belligerently occupy its own territory. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • dukium
    • 30.03.13 | 11:39 (IDT)

    the right to Jewish settlement in the mandate territories was not unlimited but conditioned on the preservation of “the rights and position of other sections of the population”. Such civil and religious rights of the Palestinian populations are certainly violated by on-going Israeli settlement in Palestine. As a result, Israel’s claim of having a legal entitlement to build Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories does not find support in international law. This conclusion has been emphasized by the highest political and judicial international authorities: the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice find that the legal status of the Palestinian territories is that of occupied territories and not of disputed territories. By definition, a State cannot belligerently occupy its own territory. Therefore, both the ICJ and the UN Security Council do not consider that Israel has a legally valid claim to these territories under international law.

    from the article: Just 0.7% of state land in the West Bank has been allocated to Palestinians, Israel admits
    First published 12:00 28.03.13 | Last updated 01:12 28.03.13
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