Israel has a policy of deliberate ambiguity about whether its control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is 'occupation'. Every other country on Earth including their closest ally the US says it is an occupation, Israel coyly argues it both is and isn't depending on which definition gives them the most flexibility under international law in any given scenario.
In practice this leaves the Palestinians
dispossessed, discriminated against and in the West Bank without
recourse to the law when bands of violent, fanatical settlers descend
from their hilltop bandit nests to attack Palestinian homes and crops and savagely assault any Palestinians who resist.
The Israeli police stand and watch.
It's time to stop coddling
this sleazy little semantics game.
Le Monde diplomatique argues giving them three more years to the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation to once and for all define what they are doing as occupation or not. If its an occupation
they are legally required to begin the process of withdrawal, if its not
an occupation they are legally required to give full and equal legal
citizenship rights to all the population under their control.
They have been allowed to be vague on this subject for almost FIFTY YEARS.
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