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Gilo is in East Jerusalem, according to Haaretz, Israel’s moderate newspaper, but is included in the Municipality of Jerusalem. It is well documented that the USA , EU, and UN always slam Israel’s plans to expand Gilo.

Gilo is built on West Bank land, ILLEGALLY annexed in 1967. The annexation of land by military conquest is illegal in violation of both the Hague Regulations (1907) and UN Charter (1945). Apropos this also applies to Palestinian land gained by the zionists in 1948.

Furthermore all settlements are held illegal under international law, Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war states: ‘The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies’.

Archeology is used as a propaganda tool to justify the theft of Palestine.  According to Israeli Prof. Shlomo Sand– ‘The Land of Israel is not the homeland of the Jews. It becomes a homeland at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th − only upon the emergence of the Zionist movement’.

Finally land swaps are an infringement of the rights of an occupied people and illegal as enshrined in the Regulations Annexed to the Hague Convention IV Respecting the Laws and Customs of Wars on Land of 1907 (Hague Regulations), reflective of customary international law, and in the Fourth Geneva Convention Concerning the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949 (Fourth Geneva Convention), for the most part reflective of customary international law.

Dr Vacy Vlazna, co-ordinator, Justice for Palestine Matters (www.palestinematters.com), Sydney

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  1. “It is Vacy Vlazna (Letters 27/1-2016) who needs to brush up on his understanding of international law. And geography and archaeology.
    I invite any readers who have not visited the area to google Gilo and verify that it is situated in the south (not east) of Jerusalem. In fact, it lies to the south-west of the Old City of Jerusalem and is much closer to the Old City than to Bethlehem.
    During peace negotiations since 2000, both the Israelis and Palestinians have put forward proposals for a territorial settlement that would include land swaps of between 1.9% and 6.3% of the total area of the West Bank. The concept of land swaps has also been supported by many world leaders, including US President Obama. It is nonsense for Vlazna to suggest that if the parties were able to conclude an agreement about a land swap, it would be illegal.

    Shlomo Sand’s theories denying the existence of the Jewish people and of successive Jewish states in the area of what is now Israel have been refuted and indeed ridiculed by experts at his own university, Tel Aviv Uni. These include Professor Anita Shapira (see The Journal of Israeli History Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2009, 63–72), and Professor Shaul Stampfer (see http://thedailyjournalist.com/the-historian/did-the-khazars-convert-to-judaism-new-research-says-no/). Professor Shaul Bartal of Bar-Ilan University has also demolished Sand’s theories (see Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2015. http://www.meforum.org/4909/shlomo-sand-the-arabs-darling). Sand is not an expert in Jewish history; he teaches courses in “French Intellectual History, Political History of the 20th Century, Cinema and History, Nation and Nationalism, History and Theory.” His books prove that he is an ideologue, rather than a researcher.


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