Radical departure in State Department reporting of “Occupied Territories”

State Dept. Drops ‘Occupied Territories’ from Judea, Samaria, Gaza & Golan Heights in Annual Report
by Hana Levi Julian
March 13, 2019

For the first time ever, the U.S. State Department dropped the term “occupied territories” from its headline referring to the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria and Gaza in its annual global human rights report, released Wednesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In the report for year-ending 2018, the description of the Golan Heights, the text was changed from “Israel-occupied” to “Israeli-controlled.” The text in the separate section on the “West Bank and Gaza Strip” – territory captured by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War along with the Golan Heights – also did not refer to those regions as “occupied,” or being “under occupation.” READ MORE

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