by Louis Rene Beres
President Barack Obama has already placed the
Today, as always, words matter. Over the years, a notably durable Arab patience in building "
Perhaps the most evident omission still concerns the precise and unwitting manner in which these "Territories" fell into
A sovereign state of
Even as a nonstate legal entity, "
Let us return to an earlier history. From the Biblical Period (ca. 1350 BCE to 586 BCE) to the British Mandate (1918-1948), the land — named by the Romans after the ancient Philistines — was controlled only by non-Palestinian elements. Significantly, however, a continuous chain of Jewish possession of the land was legally recognized after World War I, at the San Remo Peace Conference of April 1920. There, a binding treaty was signed in which
In 1922, Great Britain unilaterally — and without any lawful authority — split off 78 percent of the lands promised to the Jews — all of Palestine east of the Jordan River — and gave it to Abdullah, the non-Palestinian son of the Sharif of
In 1947, several years prior to Abdullah's killing, the newly formed United Nations, rather than designate the entire land west of the
This unambiguous declaration of genocide has been at the core of all subsequent Arab orientations toward
In 1967, almost 20 years after
For their part, the Arab states convened a summit in
This has been a very brief account of essential historic reasons why the so-called "
No doubt, both President Obama and Senator Mitchell want to be fair and evenhanded in their developing plans for the
SCHOLARLY REFERENCES DEALING WITH THE "OCCUPATION" ISSUE
Date 10:02, 02-27, 09
1. The Question of the Applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention on Occupation to Judea,
2. Toss the Travaux? Application of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the
3. The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law by Howard Grief [Preview is available on the MAZO Publishers website; purchase the book on Amazon]
4. Which Came First — Terrorism or "Occupation"? by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
5. The Origin of the Occupation Myth by Howard Grief (
Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is the author of many books and articles dealing with military affairs and international law.
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