The Preoccupation with an Occupation that Does Not Exist

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Jerusalem Post

By Dovid Ben-Meir

A day doesn’t go by when you don’t see a comment somewhere in the media about the “occupation” of the “West Bank” or of “Palestine”. You may even hear it referred to (incorrectly) as the longest occupation in modern history.

Occupation is when a foreign army invades and controls land that doesn’t belong to that army’s country. During WWII Germany occupied France, Japan occupied parts of China, Egypt occupied Sudan in the 19th century and beyond, and China has occupied Tibet in what is truly the longest occupation in the modern world, and so on.

Legally – occupation is only when the land occupied had formerly been under the legal control of another sovereign state. Continue