Palestine Presents International Law Paper to Geneva Conference

The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations presented a comprehensive paper to the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention on Measures to Enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, which convened at Geneva on 15 July 1999. The paper, entitled "Israel’s Belligerent Occupation of the Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and International Humanitarian Law", presented an overview, both historically and currently, of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land in the context of international humanitarian law. A review of developments leading up to the recent Conference at Geneva was also included. Along with a brief introduction, the paper consisted of the following five chapters and contents:

  1. Background on International Humanitarian Law:

  2. • The Geneva Law
    • The Hague Law
    • The Current Situation
    • The Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949
  3. International Humanitarian Law: Some Articles Relevant to Israel’s Belligerent Occupation of the Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem
  4. The 4th Geneva Convention and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem:

  5. • Applicability of the Convention
    • Settlement Policy
    • Implementation of the Convention
    • Cessation of Application and Duration of Occupation
    • Obligations of the High Contracting Parties to Ensure Respect
  6. Policies and Practices of Israel, the Occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem
  7. Background on the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the 4th Geneva Convention on Measures to Enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

The paper is currently accessible at www.palestine-un.org under the section of the 4th Geneva Convention. A printed copy of the booklet is also available for institutions and individuals upon request. Please direct requests to bulletin@palestine-un.org.