Somehow, some years ago I was subscribed to the mailing list of the Jewish settlement in Hebron. As a result, two or three times a week I get a missive from Hebron’s propaganda minister, David Wilder. This morning, minister Wilder informs me that the illegal Jewish settlement in Hebron was visited by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon of the Yisrael Beitenu party. Ayalon’s grasp of international law is apparently equal to Wilder’s and therefore brought cheer to the occupation. As a result I feel it is necessary to remind everybody that in September 1967, three months after the Six Day War, Theodor Meron, legal counsel of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, was asked by the Prime Minister’s Office for his opinion on the legality of civilian settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In a cover note to his opinion, he summarized his conclusion: “…civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Gershom Gorenberg over at South Jerusalem has been doing everybody an amazing service by creating an archive of occupation at the site. It’s worth a visit every now and again. Now would be a good time. Again later would also be good.
The Meron document is here.