The end of Israel’s ‘enlightened’ occupation

A decision to apply Israel’s higher education law to the West Bank exposes as a ruse Israel’s claims that it administers the occupied Palestinian territories according to international law.
For years, Israel nurtured its image as an enlightened occupier in the Palestinian territories. It not only insisted on portraying itself to the world as an occupying power that rules over the territories according to the laws of belligerent occupation, it also prided itself on how it administered those territories. That job was given to the IDF’s regional commander, who was portrayed as someone whose job requires him to work in an extremely complex reality, while advancing the rights and welfare of both the Palestinians and Israeli settlers who live there.The military commander derives his authority from the laws of occupation — not Israeli law. The latter does not fully apply to the West Bank, in accordance with international law.
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