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Israel is the legal occupant of the West Bank, says the Court of Appeal of Versailles, France

by Jean-Patrick Grumberg January 13,2017

Publié par Jean-Patrick Grumberg le 13 janvier 2017
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For French court decision:

In a historical trial carefully " forgotten"» by the media, the 3rd Chamber 
of the Court of Appeal of Versailles declares that Israel is the legal 
occupant of the West Bank*.

When I first learned that the Court of Appeal of Versailles ruled that West 
bank settlements and occupation of Judea Samaria by Israel is unequivocally 
legal under international law, in a suit brought by the Palestinian 
Authority against Jerusalem’s light rail built by French companies Alstom 
and Veolia, that received no media coverage, I decided to put to work my 
years of Law Studies in France, and I meticulously analyzed the Court 

To my astonishment, pro-Israeli media did not cover it either. The few who 
mentioned the case did not have any legal background in French law to 
understand the mega-importance of the ruling, and, as a few lefty English 

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