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    • r cummings
    • 14.05.12 | 17:54 (IDT)

    The only land an occupier can take legally under 4th Geneva Convention is for the occupying forces themselves, for barracks, vehicle parks and the other impedimenta of occupation. They are only allowed to take it temporarily and it reverts to the owners after the occupation finishes. (Belligerent occupation was envisaged by the legal framers as a temporary affair lasting a matter of weeks or months until a peace treaty was signed, they never envisaged a rogue state turning it into 45 years). The Israelis have of course jumped on this and cleared whole areas for supposed IDF use, then suddenly they 'change their mind' and settlements appear on the land instead. It has been widely employed in the Jordan Valley in particular, well away from the cameras and western diplomats.It is 100% illegal of course, it's land theft by any other means. The IDF are mad to be party to these colonial settler games, a lot of senior officers could end up in the Hague charged with war crimes as a result.

    from the article: IDF closes Palestinian school to make way for West Bank training zone
    First published 00:30 14.05.12 | Last updated 00:30 14.05.12
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