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REFLECTING ON THE ‘O’ WORD: THE MANY SIDES OF THE ‘OCCUPATION’, by Ron Csillag (CJN)

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Sept. 25, 2017

…”As for the word occupation, “it’s not intended to indicate who’s entitled to sovereignty subsequently. Occupied is an interim status until there’s a final determination.”

Gauthier sees “a notion today that has been marketed and sold convincingly by the Palestinians and their Arab friends and others at the UN that occupied territory means occupied Palestinian territory. I can agree it’s occupied because Israel treats that territory as occupied. It’s not annexed.”

“Occupied” merely means that in international law, there’s no final determination as to who the owner will be, Gauthier explained. “Until there’s a peace treaty, there’s no final determination. What has been wrongfully accepted by nations, including Canada, is the concept that it’s occupied Palestinian territory.”

To Gauthier, that is “a distortion of history.”…”

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