Georg Cohn, an author of Article 49 of the Geneva Convention, explained to the Danish foreign ministry at the time that by this wording, he sought to prevent such acts as Germany's deportation of its own Jews to slave and extermination camps in Poland and other occupied countries, as well as Germany's forcible transfer of Germans to portions of Poland and other occupied countries. Nevertheless, many journalists habitually bandy about the notion of using the same international law (the Geneva Convention) - which aimed in particular to secure the safety of Jews and other WWII victims - to craft a noose with which to hang Israeli Jews residing in territory forfeited by Jordan as a result of the latter's declaration of war upon Israel in 1967. Under international law, Israel need not abandon towns inside the formerly Jordanian West Bank, nor do Poles and Russians need to restore East Prussia to Germany.
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