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Legal Status of Territories Published

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The Education Ministry has published the first review of the legal status of the administered territories since they were captured by Israel in 1967.

Published under the auspices of the ministry and the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, the educational program appears in a textbook on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.

The contributors include historians, Middle East specialists and educators.

While the book deals largely with Israeli Arabs, ministry officials say no study of them is complete without considering the status of Arabs in the territories.

A chapter by law professor David Kretchmer stresses how Israel honors the Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention in the territories.

Kretchmer explains that the legal system in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is very complex because it contains elements of international, local and Israeli law and holdovers from the British Mandate and Ottoman rule.

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