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Re: Geneva Convention: Blasting Homes and Deportation
Other | 13.3.1968
Legal opinion by Theodor Meron, legal adviser of the Israeli foreign ministry, 1968. The opinion concludes, inter alia, that using Regulation 119 of the Defense (Emergency) Regulations 1945 for the punitive demolition of houses contradicts international law; that the position of the Military Advocate General Corps, whereby "Blasting a home is a punitive measure under the local law […]", conflicts with the Fourth Geneva Convention; and that the illegality of punitive house demolition stems from the prohibition on the destruction of property of protected persons.

Opinion courtesy of Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research
In a legal opinion from 1968, then legal advisor of the Israeli foreign ministry determines that punitive demolition of houses in the OPT contradicts international law: HaMoked and other human rights organizations request the court to hold a further, expanded hearing in the general petition recently rejected (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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