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    • Nannette
    • 11.07.07 | 19:53 (IDT)

    It is claimed that the Israeli ?occupation? is illegal. But it is not. It is legal, not least because Jewish rights there do not derive from Israel?s capture of the territories in 1967. They derive from the Mandate. This secured Jewish rights to a homeland and to ?close settlement? in Palestine. In doing so, it did not distinguish between Judea and Samaria and the rest of western Palestine. Nothing since that time has abrogated those terms for territories that have not yet come under the sovereignty of any state. Those rights did not expire upon the demise of the League of Nations or the creation of the United Nations. Article 80 of the UN Charter expressly preserves such ?rights of peoples? as existed under League mandates.

    from the article: Waqf Temple Mount excavation raises archaeologists' protests
    First published 00:00 11.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.07.07
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