FALSE! 4th Geneva Convention does NOT prohibit citizens choosing to live in occupied territory. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • International Law Expert
    • 03.11.12 | 21:20 (IST)

    No objective reading of the relevant article in the 4th GC can lead to the conclusion that the anti-Zionists want to give it. Here's the relevant parts of the article, with asterisks for emphasis: Art. 49. Individual or mass **forcible transfers**, as well as **deportations** of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.... The Occupying Power shall not **deport or transfer** parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies. Article 49 was designed to prevent countries from dumping unwanted individuals (deportation) or groups (transfer) into enemy territory. This article has nothing to say about nationals of the Occupying Power choosing to live in the occupied territory. Furthermore, the article clearly does not forbid non-nationals from moving to the occupied territory. So even the misreading of "transfer" for "allow" would not impinge upon the right of any non-Israeli moving to the West Bank or Gaza Strip. This "exception" proves the rule that the article was never intended to block positive, free-choice settlement of occupied territory.

    from the article: Jewish settler stabbed by two Palestinians in East Jerusalem
    First published 01:15 03.11.12 | Last updated 07:18 03.11.12
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