Gaza is still legally Occupied - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 25.06.07 | 02:12 (IDT)

    It is important to realize that Gaza is still LEGALLY UNDER OCCUPATION by Israel. The Geneva Convention and other international humanitarian laws place obligations on Israel with regard to Gaza. If Israel does not want to supply electricity, it will have to supply generators to Gaza, at least for basic needs, and then make sure they get enough fuel to operate them. And food and water will need to be provided, as well as access to humanitarian aid. Note that the UN`s Human Rights Commission explicitly refers to Gaza as Occupied by Israel in 2006 documents. The main indicators of Israeli continued control over Gaza: 1. Israel continues to control Gaza airspace and territorial waters. 2. Israel continues to control the Gaza border with Egypt from the GAZA side, by having its agents the Europeans there to make sure its regulations are followed; including closing the border whenever Israel so desires. 3. Israel reserved the right to enter Gaza at will, for any reason. 4. Israel continues to control population registry. Only those registered as Gaza residents are allowed into Gaza. (The population registry is normally a function of government.) One may compare the legal standing of Gaza to that of a Jewish Ghetto, say Warsaw, and the Warsaw Ghetto was of course occupied. All entries and exits follow rules set by the Occupying Power. The occupier does not station troops inside the ghetto (in Warsaw, for fear of diseases), but can enter at will.

    from the article: Let Gaza live
    First published 00:00 24.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 24.06.07
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