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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Israel, Occupied Territories

Benjamin Rubin

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 December 2023

Extraterritorial application of treaties — Peace treaties — Sovereignty — Territory, acquisition and transfer — Trust territory and mandate — Belligerence — Occupation — National liberation movements — Armed conflict

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 With all the wars that Israel has experienced since its creation in 1948, occupation has been a recurring phenomenon in its history.2 As the 1967 Six Days War ended, Israel occupied territories over three times as large as its home territory. These included the Golan Heights occupied from Syria, the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip occupied from Egypt, and the West Bank occupied from Jordan.3 Since 1978 Israel has been also in control of various parts of Lebanon, although this control did not always amount to belligerent occupation as this term is generally...
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