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Occupation Remains

A Legal Analysis of the Israeli Archeology Policies in the West Bank:An International Law Perspective


On 29 November 2012, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly accorded non-member observer State status in the UN to the State of Palestine. However, facts on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and especially in the occupied West Bank, tell a contrary story.

Israel, the occupying power (OP), continues to intensify its control over the oPt and its inhabitants through the exercise of both military and civilian powers. These measures include,but are not limited to: the OP’s ongoing declarations of closed military zones; the imposition

of so-called “security measures”; the OP’s designation of vast swaths of Palestinian territory as nature reserves; and the extensive appropriation of land and demolitions of Palestinian civilian structures.

Additional measures include the systematic denial of building permits for the oPt’s Palestinian population coupled with a painfully slow spatial planning process imposed upon Palestinian rural areas (Area C) and occupied East Jerusalem. Altogether, OP practices and policies continue to render the prospects of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination more distant than ever.

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