The myth of illegal Jewish residence in West Bank - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Eitan
    • 10.03.10 | 16:01 (IST)

    The authors of this article assume, as do many, that some international law prohibits Israeli Jews from residing beyond the 1949 Green Line. If this assertion were taken from the Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, it should be noted that this passage states clearly: ?Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.? In other words, voluntarily establishing residence in territory gained as a result of war is not illegal, especially in lieu of previous tenants on the land (typical of the Jordan Valley) or where adjacent tenants lack registered title and/or deed to the land under the government(s) that previously administered said territory (namely, the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate, and Transjordan/Jordan).

    from the article: Israel policy allows settlers to rampage unchecked
    First published 14:05 10.03.10 | Last updated 20:17 10.03.10
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