Israel’s new land grab is clearly illegal

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An editorial in Haaretz discusses Israeli occupation policies in the West Bank (“Israel’s new land grab is clearly illegal,” Haaretz, 15 April 2014):

The Defense Minister’s green light to appropriate land in the West Bank places him in the extreme right and shatters Israelis’ hopes for resolving the conflict with the Palestinians.

Although the defense minister is acting in accordance with his authority his powers are based on a warped legal system. That system was developed over decades as a means to chip away at international law and provide a cover of legality for illegal occupation policies. Otherwise, how could it be that expanding settlements or populating a West Bank Arab city with Jews could be legal, while settlement itself is illegal?

Read the full article here.

Photo credit: Ariel Hermoni, Israeli Defense Ministry

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