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Mission move may kill peace process … again

24th January 2017

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Dr. Michelle Burgis-Kasthala is a Research Fellow in the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance and member of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ).

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RegNet scholar Michelle Burgis-Kasthala has written an opinion piece in The Australian on US President Trump’s proposal to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the possible consequences for the peace process in the region. In the article, Michelle explains the complexities of this potential move from an international law perspective.

‘Although today Israel regards Jerusalem as its undivided capital with all key governmental offices located in the city and foreign diplomatic visits being hosted there, no state has recognised this claim. To do so would be in violation of international law, which has prohibited conquest — or the illegal seizure of territory — since 1945. Technically, East Jerusalem, along with the rest of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip remain occupied territory under Israeli control, but not under Israeli sovereignty,’ she writes.

Read the complete article on The Australian website.

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