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Janna Jihad has been documenting Israel's violations of international law since she was just seven years old.

Free Palestine?

Illegal Occupation and International Law in West Bank and Gaza


Under international humanitarian law, a territory is occupied when it is placed under the authority of a hostile army.

The international community, the UN Security Council, and the UN General Assembly, all consider that Israel occupies the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

This briefing paper catalogues some of the main violations of international law committed against the occupied Palestinian population, with a focus on the duties of Israel in its role of Occupying Power over the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).