The far-reaching consequences of the Levy report mean Israeli must either recognize that the legal system in the West Bank resembles apartheid - or extend political rights for all.
David Kretzmer is a Professor of International Law and author of The Occupation of Justice: The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories. He has served as chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and as co-chair of the executive board of B’Tselem, and as vice-chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee, under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.
The problem with Highway 443 can be attributed to the unwillingness of Israeli society to understand that the way it has administered the territories since 1967 is founded on hypocrisy, fraud and a trampling of rights.
A basic principle of our legal system is that the government and military authorities do not have the power to seize private property without clearly being authorized to do so under the law.