Gilo is in BETHLEHEM, not Jerusalem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 15.08.10 | 15:55 (IDT)

    No sooner had Israel captured Jerusalem in 1967 than it unilaterally extended the city boundary to take in a large swathe of Bethlehem and Ramallah governorates. Obviously this is not something an occupying army can do legally, because it runs counter to the international law that territory cannot be acquired by force. However, this is Israel and they'll do anything if there's a chance of free land. (Only a small part of it was 'purchased'). So they seized it illegally and built (also illegally) the big Jew-only settlements of Neve Ya'akov, Pisgat Ze'ev, Givat Ze'ev, Ramot and so on - including Gilo. It sits in the northern part of Bethlehem governorate. An occupying power cannot seize and settle land, so it will have to give it back. All that building and all these subsidies to settlers, to no end purpose! However, it will now almost certainly now be ceded to Israel as part of the final deal, proving that breaking international law on three or more counts pays. Well at least it does if you're Israel and the benign USA blocks each and every move to hold you to account in the international court.

    from the article: IDF razes wall dividing Jewish and Arab areas east of Jerusalem
    First published 11:31 15.08.10 | Last updated 11:31 15.08.10
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