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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 09:46 AM
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2. According to the International Court of Justice 14-1 decision of 9 July 2004
The entirety of the West Bank, The Gaza and East Jerusalem is Occupied Palestinian Territory -- link:

http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idocket/imwp/imwp_advisor...

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross -- all settlements in the Gaza, The West Bank and East Jerusalem are in violation of the fourth Geneva Convention - link:

http://www.icrc.org/Web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/5FLDPJ

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I found this official statement from the BBC interesting also:

link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_6040000/...

"SETTLEMENTS
Settlements are residential areas built by Israelis in the occupied territories. They are illegal under international law: this is the position of the UN Security Council and the UK government among others - although Israel rejects this.
When writing a story about settlements we can aim, where relevant, to include context to the effect that "all settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this".


OCCUPIED TERRITORIES/OCCUPATION
The general phrase "occupied territories" refers to East Jerusalem, the West Bank and strictly speaking the Golan Heights. However, it is not usually understood to refer to the Golan Heights (unless it is in a story specifically on the 1967 war or Syrian-Israeli relations).
It is advisable to avoid trying to find another formula, although the phrase "occupied West Bank" can also be used.

Under international law, Israel is still the occupying power in Gaza, although it no longer has a permanent military presence there. See that section for our use of language.

Try not to confuse the phrase "occupied territories" with Palestinian Land or Palestinian Territories. (See those sections for the reasons why.)

The Israeli government's preferred phrase to describe the West Bank and Gaza Strip is "disputed territories" and it is reasonable to use this when it is clear that we are referring to or explaining its position.
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