Israel's Attorney General agrees the territories are occupied not disputed
by Matt Giwer, © 2005 [Dec 13]

In October this year the Supreme Court of Israel agreed the territories are occupied not disputed. A bit over two months later the Attorney General of Israel formally agrees the territories are occupied. Read it completely and you also discover the AG admits Israel is murdering Palestinians under the disinformation term of targeted assassinations.

Sun., December 11, 2005 Kislev 10, 5766 Israel Time: 11:55 (EST+7)
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High Court to hear petitions against targeted killings
By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

State Prosecutor for Special Issues Shai Nitzan submitted recently a document to the High Court of Justice in which he alleges the policy of targeted killings of Palestinian militants by the Israel Defense Forces is not in violation of the law. The document was submitted ahead of deliberations involving two petitions against the army's continued policy of targeted killings to be discusses Sunday at the court.

According to Nitzan, as a result of the end of Israeli military control in the Gaza Strip following the disengagement, Gaza is subject to the "law of war" under which the killings are legally permissible, rather than the "laws of occupation" or the "laws of belligerent occupation" that governed the area previously.

The Public Committee against Torture is petitioning against the state's "assassinations policy," while Yesh Gvul is demanding a criminal investigation against current IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon for their part in the killing of 14 innocent Palestinians in the assassination of Hamas activist Saleh Shehadeh in July 2002.

"On September 12, 2005, the last Israel Defense Forces soldier left the Gaza Strip," Nitzan wrote, "as a result of which the military regime that existed in Gaza since 1967 was ended. This change means that from that date the laws of belligerent occupation no longer apply to the Gaza Strip. The state's position was and still is that the laws applying to targeted killings in a situation of armed conflict are those of war and not those of belligerent occupation."

The State Prosecutor's Office insists that the issue of targeted killings cannot be adjudicated because "the petition relates to Israeli military activity as part of its battling against terror that is carried out in the framework of armed struggle."

The petition was first submitted in 2002 but was frozen last summer after Israeli suspended its killings policy. In September the justices decided to combine the two petitions, and after the assassinations began again a couple of weeks ago, they decided to discuss them both.