Transfer is Legal.
by Steven Shamrak
After long and careful consideration Israel has made a decision to transfer some members of suicide bombers’ families to Gaza. It did not come as a surprise when UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan immediately voiced his opposition to the decision. I have made an effort to find out details of an international agreement he has referred to. As usual, it is open to interpretations. And, as usual, “friends” are taking an anti-Israel point of view:
Geneva Convention Protection of Civilian Persons - Article 49 “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive. Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons does demand.”
The following is my interpretation of the document:
1. First of all, even according to UN legal definition Judea, Samaria and Gaza are disputed, not occupied territories.
2. Families of suicide bombers will be transferred from one “protected” territory to another.
3. By encouraging their sons and daughters to commit terror acts, accepting the admiration from their neighbors and “blood money” from Arab’s terror network, families of suicide/homicide bombers have become an integrated part of the terror machinery.
More than 75% of the Arab population of the territories support terror acts against Israel. Therefore, they can hardly be classified as an innocent civilian population. Israel has enough military and security reasons to conduct a population transfer.