By Ami Isseroff
Three words have been characteristically associated with the
The "breakout" into
Hamas's audacity in forcibly opening the wall was matched by the bravery of the people who flowed through the breach. Perhaps half of
So gushed Mike Marqusee. (Look for it in The Hindu if you're curious- they don't deserve a link).
Let's look at this breakout a bit more carefully. For one thing, it turns out that many Palestinians paid for the goods they bought in Egypt with counterfeit money and that many thousands of Gazans stayed behind in Egypt, presumably intent on mayhem. What is it usually called when a group of people enter another country without permission and steal and break the law? What would the
This sort of "breakout" is generally called by another name. It has a very long history. In his commentaries on the Gallic wars, Julius Caesar noted that the narrow confines of the land of the Helvetii were considered too constraining for such a brave people, and that frequently they "broke out" into the land of their neighbors. The Mongols likewise considered that their lands were too restraining and "broke out" into the lands of Asia and the
The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.
Art. 53. An army of occupation can only take possession of cash, funds, and realizable securities which are strictly the property of the State, depots of arms, means of transport, stores and supplies, and, generally, all movable property belonging to the State which may be used for military operations.
All appliances, whether on land, at sea, or in the air, adapted for the transmission of news, or for the transport of persons or things, exclusive of cases governed by naval law, depots of arms, and, generally, all kinds of munitions of war, may be seized, even if they belong to private individuals, but must be restored and compensation fixed when peace is made.
Art. 55. The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct.
No sections of
Yet many organizations, including HRW and the UN, continue to regard
Question: ...A year and half after the last Israeli withdrew from
Spokesperson: Definitely not.
Question: So who is it occupied by?
Correspondent: I think there are some Israeli soldiers on the border…
Question: Not borders, who is
Spokesperson: Traditionally, this is the terminology we have used. Yes?
Question: But the situation on the ground changed since
Spokesperson: I will look into this.
Correspondent: Thank you.
Perhaps he is still looking into it, as the UN has never issued a statement clarifying that
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