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    • Oz
    • 20.12.10 | 12:20 (IST)

    *The State of Israel was proclaimed May 1948 and even after the Armistice Agreements following Israel's 'war of independence' the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem were NOT considered Israeli territory. *The Fourth Geneva Convention art 49 prohibits the transfer of civilians of an occupying power in to occupied territories. *UNSC 446 of March 1979 determined that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and Other Arab Territories have no legal validity. *The ICJ in its advisory opinion on the israeli Wall determined that the settlements in the OPT were established in breach of international law. * Article 8(2)(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines the 'transfer directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies ' as a war crime. *Even the US Dept of State advised in 1978 that the transfer of Israeli civilians into the OPT was inconsistent with international law. Perhaps you could clarify what international law you are talking about - ah but then I remember that Israel believes that it is a law unto itself.

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    First published 01:27 20.12.10 | Last updated 01:27 20.12.10
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