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    • John the American
    • 30.12.09 | 13:58 (IST)

    I normally do not respond to such nonsense but in your case I'll make an exception. The fundamental point about settlements is that they are illegal. Occupied territory is not under the sovereignty of the occupant. It cannot treat the territory it occupies as it sees fit. An occupant's powers are circumscribed by international law, which unequivocally prohibits the settlement of part of its population, whether forcible or voluntary, in that territory. While this prohibition arises from Article 49, Article 1 requires parties not merely to respect the terms of the convention in their own conduct but also to ensure that others do. All states are party to the Geneva Conventions, therefore all states have the duty to ensure that Israel's illegal policy of creating settlements in occupied Palestinian territory ceases without further delay. Incidently Yossi, I never mentioned "armisitce lines"

    from the article: Israel approves new building plan for West Bank settlement
    First published 11:35 30.12.09 | Last updated 16:14 30.12.09
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