When someone made a stupid statement with great self-confidence, my grandfather used to say, in Yiddish, Hot gezogt! This can be loosely translated as "He said it, so what?" So what if a former Israeli supreme court judge ruled that there is no Israeli occupation?
Ex-Supreme Court Judge Edmund Levy was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of a commission mandated to review the legal status of the "outposts", i.e. the settlements established prior to official government's authorization.
The ruling of Judge Edmond Levy went much further than simply declaring the outposts legal; it also declared that no occupation exists in the West Bank. Seven years ago, another committee appointed by the government and led by Deputy State Attorney Talia Sasson concluded that 120 outposts were blatantly illegal under Israeli law. Edmund Levy reversed the Sasson findings by simply denying the very existence of an occupation. "Israel does not meet the criteria of 'military occupation' as defined under international lawâ€¦ No other legal entity has ever had its sovereignty over the area cemented under international law." In addition, the Levy Commission ruled that Israel must devise ways to "ease land acquisition and zoning protocols for Jews residing in Judea and Samaria."
Judge Levy said that there is no occupation, so what? Hot gezogt! It reminds me of the 1991 UN General Assembly resolution that reversed a previous one characterising Zionism as racism. Therefore, since 1991 according to UN Resolution 4686, imposed under tremendous US-Israel pressures, Zionism is no longer racist. Hot gezogt, as my grandfather would say. A vote in the UN will not make Zionism any less racist; facts are much stronger that UN resolutions or Israeli committees rulings. The West Bank (and Gaza Strip) are occupied territories as much as apartheid is racism, colonialism a crime against humanity and fascism a terrorist, murderous political system; a vote in the Reichstag announcing that national-socialism was a progressive movement would not make the SS a human rights organizationâ€¦
No one in the world â€“ except Micronesia and the Marshall Islands â€“ will agree with this new definition, and the entire international community will continue to see the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights as occupied territories. The Israeli authorities, however, will use this "legal opinion" to further the colonization of the West Bank and legalize the acceleration of "illegal" outposts that will soon be illegally legalized.