The Knife Intifada from an international law perspective ~ Mahmoud Al-Mubarak, MEMO, Tuesday, 20 October 2015.
If the third Palestinian intifada sparked an internal and international political dispute over what this recent uprising may lead to, then the legal dispute that may arise over the legitimacy of the means used to resist the Israeli occupation may be greater and more dangerous in terms of international law.
Killing Israeli soldiers, the use of knives and hit-and-runs by Palestinians in this intifada have raised controversy regarding the legitimacy of these acts in the eyes of the international law. Before addressing this, it may be beneficial to start with knowing the international law’s view of the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, which include the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Status of the occupied territories
When talking about the occupied Palestinian territories, the two famous Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338…
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