- Written by Harriet Sherwood in Kochav HaShachar Harriet Sherwood in Kochav HaShachar
- Published: 06 January 2012 06 January 2012
Israeli companies can profit from West Bank resources, Israeli court rules
[NOTE: Israel as an occupying power must follow the Fourth Geneva Conventions, and international laws condemning apartheid and colonialism. The Israeli court''s ruling defies international law and Israel's responsibilities. This ruling will be marked as another major milestone in Israel's destruction of the chance of creating a Palestinian state.]
Supreme court says international law does not fit the 'reality on the ground' of long-term Israeli occupation
The potential value of mining and quarrying in the West Bank is thought to be around $900m (£580m) a year. Photograph: Jonathan Blair/Corbis
Israeli companies are entitled to exploit the West Bank's natural resources for economic gain, according to a supreme court ruling that says international law must be adapted to the "reality on the ground" of long-term occupation.