Occupation: the action or state of being occupied by military force. (1)
“The Israeli occupation of the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) is illegal both intrinsically and
extrinsically.” “Sovereignty and title in an occupied territory are not vested in the occupying power.” “Under contemporary international law, and in view of the principle of self-determination, sovereignty is vested in the population under occupation.” “The occupying power is entrusted with the management of public order and civil life in the territory under control. In view of the principle of self-determination, the people under occupation are the beneficiaries of this trust. The dispossession and subjugation of these people violate this trust.” “Occupation is temporary. It may be neither permanent nor indefinite.” (2)
“A United Nations independent expert today called on the world body’s General Assembly, as well as civil society, to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.
“My main recommendation is that the businesses highlighted in the report – as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise – should be boycotted, until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said in a news release issued as he presented a report on his work to the Assembly.
Highlighting the activities of companies such as Caterpillar Incorporated of the United States, Veolia Environment of France, G4S of the United Kingdom, the Dexia Group of Belgium, Ahava of Israel, the Volvo Group of Sweden, the Riwal Holding Group of the Netherlands, Elbit Systems of Israel, Hewlett Packard of the USA, Mehadrin of Israel, Motorola of the USA, Assa Abloy of Sweden, and Cemex of Mexico, the Special Rapporteur noted that a wide range of Israeli and international businesses are involved in the establishment and maintenance of the Israeli settlements.
“All Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have been established in clear violation of international law,” said Mr. Falk.
“Yet today Israeli settlements control over 40 percent of the West Bank and between 500,000 and 600,000 Israeli citizens are living in Palestinian territory,” he added.” (3)
(1) Paraphrased from Google’s definition of the word, “occupation.”
(2) ‘Illegal Occupation: Framing the Occupied Palestinian Territory,’ Berkeley Journal of International Law: http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1299&context=bjil
(3) ‘UN independent expert calls for boycott of businesses profiting from Israeli settlements,’ UN News Center: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43376#.VP4T3OHVo_g
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