Much thanks to Jean-Patrick for reporting on this monumental but ignored court ruling.
ISRAEL IS THE LEGAL OCCUPANT OF THE WEST BANK, SAYS THE COURT OF APPEAL OF VERSAILLES, FRANCE
PUBLIE PAR JEAN-PATRICK GRUMBERG, LE 12 JANVIER 2017
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 OCCUPIER 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 ruling.
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 speaking Israeli websites reported it, they thought that it was a decision strictly pertinent to the Jerusalem light rail. It’s not.
To make sure I did not overestimate my legal abilities and that I wasn’t over optimistic – as usual-, I submitted my analysis and the Court papers to one of the most prominent French lawyer, Gilles-William Goldnadel, President of Lawyer without borders, to receive his legal opinion. He indeed validated my finding. Then I decided to translate it to English, and it will soon be submitted to Benjamin Netanyahu thru a mutual friend. (Click to Article)