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55 Years On: The legal arsenal lending legitimacy to the occupation

Jerusalem24 – This June marks 55 years since Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights after the six-day war in 1967.

Since 1967, East Jerusalem has been considered to be occupied by Israel by the international community, and the overwhelming majority of the international community does not recognize Israel’s annexation of the city in 1980.

In November 1967, United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 was passed, calling for Israel to withdraw “from territories occupied in the recent conflict” in exchange for peace treaties.

In 1980, the Israeli Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law, which declared that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel,” annexing the city. This declaration was determined to be “null and void” by United Nations Security Council Resolution 478.

This is part of a 4-part series looking into different aspects of Israel’s 55-year-long occupation of Jerusalem. In this episode, Raffoul Rofa, the Director of the Society of St. Yves the Catholic Center for Human Rights of the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land, talks about the legal arsenal Israel employs which aims to support and lend legitimacy to their occupation of the holy city.

Listen to the full interview below on this episode of Wake Up Palestine.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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