By Ted Belman
Its real name is Judea and Samaria.
In June of this year, famed Canadian Lawyer David Matas wrote,
“Every member of the Security Council, except for the United States, in February 2011 voted in favour of a resolution condemning all Israeli settlements established in occupied Palestinian territory since 1967 as illegal.
“To anti-Zionists, the language of settlements and occupied territory applies to all of Israel. The very phrase “occupied Palestinian territory since 1967” in the vetoed resolution implies that there is other Palestinian territory occupied before 1967.”
When I read this, I focused on the idea that the lands were not occupied or that there never was a “Palestinian territory”. I failed to appreciate something more pernicious was afoot.
The leaders of Judea and Samaria wrote a letter to Ban ki Moon in May which started with this opening paragraph,
In this letter we respectfully wish to draw your attention, inter alia, to the repeated references by the UN to the territories liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War – territories until then illegally occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan – as “occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)” in UN communiqués. For your own most recent use of this term, see UN News Service, 23 March 2011, “UN Chief condemns bomb attack in West Jerusalem”. By repeatedly referring to the “occupied Palestinian territory” (or “occupied Palestinian territories” (as in UN News Service, 1 April 2011), you are unwittingly concealing from the public the true legal status of the lands to which you refer and causing the Jewish people unwarranted anguish. We describe hereunder in concise fashion the facts relevant to the topic:
Even they miss the point.
The phrase was used in the Opinion of the ICJ dealing with the fence.
Now the UN and the Arabs are not really describing the territory as occupied and Palestinian but they have renamed the West Bank. Henceforth they will call it The Occupied Palestinian Territory.
[I seem to recall that a Jewish child was recently born in the territories in an Arab Hospital and his place of birth was noted as “The Occupied Palestinian Territory. Can someone find me the link.]