From the official web site of the City of Ariel http://go.ariel.muni.il/ariel/en/ is a timeline that includes the following item: "1978: The Israeli government grants the Haris outpost development town status." Jordan is the only sovereign state that ever claimed the land where the City of Ariel is located -- it had been annexed in 1950 (as had the rest of Judea and Samaria). In 1967, Israel occupied Judea and Samaria and until 1988 when Jordan relenquished its claims, there is no other possible status other than "occupied territory" since Israel had not annexed it and it was still claimed by Jordan. From 1967 until 1988, Jordan even paid the salaries of civil servants, teachers, and the like (presumably including the professors at Bir Zeit). Israel made no attempt to change that situation anywhere other than East Jerusalem, which it annexed. Gaza might be different because it was never annexed by Egypt, and the Golan is almost certainly different because Israel annexed it. But there is no way around the status of Judea and Samaria; the 4th Geneva convention clearly applied and Israel was forbidden to transfer its own population there. But that is exactly what Israel did. "Development town status" was a governmental action designed precisely to get Israelis to move there. Sorry, folks, but every settlement in Judea and Samaria begun between 1967 and 1988 is illegal under international law. Ariel is among them. I am a Jew and a supporter of Israel and it makes me sad that I had to come to this conclusion, but in all honesty there really isn't a good argument against it. If you say, "Jordan's annexation of Judea and Samaria wasn't internationally recognized" then you must admit that neither is Israel's annexation of Jerusalem (East *or* West). Don't go there! That said, academic boycotts are a really stupid idea and I hope the AUT comes to its senses and reverses itself -- soon!
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