The Geneva Convention allows an occupation for security reasons, but it is also very precise in stating that the land may not be colonized. It further requires the occupier, Israel, to provide for the welfare of the non-combatant people. Israel has failed miserably on the latter two counts. Israel has exploited the people, denied them basic human rights and taken their homes and lands. Israel has punished whole families, neighborhoods and villages for the crimes of a few. Then Israel has built settlements on the confiscated land and cultivated a settlement movement that is violently hostile to the Syrians. Israel needs to take responsibility for its actions and make the Syrians as well as the Palestinians whole before peace can be tangible.
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