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49th anniversary of Six Day War

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49th anniversay

Published: 4 June 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

This week marks the 49th anniversary of the Six Day War (5-10 June 1967), reunification of Jerusalem, and resulting Israeli control over the lives of millions of Palestinians. Legal scholars may differ about ‘occupation’ and the settlements but few would question that Israel’s exercise of factual power and control entails responsibility for the rights of Palestinians subject to it. As the 50th year of that control commences, the following posts invite reflection on whether Israel lives up to that responsibility.

49 Years of Control without Rights - Human rights of the Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem - What has changed? – Ronit Sela - Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) 01.06.16
The nature and extent of Israeli control in the occupied territories has changed over time, assuming and abandoning new forms. After almost three decades of exclusive Israeli rule, the Palestinian Authority was established. A decade later, Hamas consolidated its control of the Gaza Strip. Yet for all these changes, the exercise of Israeli power over the entire area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean remains the most influential force shaping the everyday lives of all who live there. This ACRI document briefly outlines the changes that have transformed the Territories into a divided and dissected area and explains how different degrees and forms of Israeli control result in systemic violation of the basic human rights of millions of people. A pdf of the document can be downloaded from this site.

The Expulsion and the Evidence – Gershom Gorenberg – The American Prospect 03.06.16
In 1972, the Israeli government lied to the Supreme Court about why it expelled thousands of people from their homes in the Gaza Strip. Here's the real story, not just to set the historical record straight in light of new evidence, though that's important enough. The affair also says a great deal about the role that Israel's highest court has played, then and ever since, in giving a veneer of legitimacy to what the government does in occupied territory.

Why this Israeli rights organization will stop submitting complaints to army – Daoud Kuttab – Al-Monitor 30.05.16
Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem has decided it will no longer submit complaints to the Israeli army regarding human rights violations by its soldiers. It says working with a national human rights organisation has allowed the government to create a false impression of effective and independent investigation that, under the principle of complementarity, would avoid international legal proceedings at the International Court of Justice. But most of B’Tselm’s criticism is directed to Israel’s government, not to the IDF.


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