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    • Yisrael Medad
    • 04.11.12 | 09:21 (IST)

    This is a stupid article. Of course a territory can be occupied, but legally or illegally is the question. I am at the present occupying the chair I am seated in. So what? What Schaerer is trying to prove, that Israel is engaged in "illegality", is a flop. Without referring to the history of the claims to sovereignty, one would never know that what happened in 1939, i.e., the illegal move by Gt. Britian to alter the terms of the Mandate by the League of Nations, follwed by the Arab rejection of Partition, to the annexation of Judea & Samaria by Jordan, the ongoing terror since 1947 and the threat of war in 1967, all lead to a legal justification for Israel to occupy Judea and Samaria, to facilitated "close Jewish settlement" therein, including the use of "stae and waste lands". There is no crime of "settlement" involved and the defensive war Israel was required to wage gives Israel all rights to be in the area. The throw-in of "transferring" is ridiculous as Jews lived in the areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza for centuries prior to 1947-49 and only because of a policy of ethnic cleansing practiced by Arabs during the Mandate and the War of Independence - Schaerer knows of those illegal acts, does he not? - that Jews were not there in 1967.

    from the article: The Levy report vs. international law
    First published 02:26 04.11.12 | Last updated 02:26 04.11.12
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