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The Jewish Quarter in Old Jerusalem. Photo: Canada Israel Friendship Association

Canadian lawyer: Israel has exclusive right to Jerusalem

In a 1,200 page thesis researched over 20 years at the University of Geneva’s political science department and international law school, a Canadian international human rights lawyer who has served as legal counsel to various governments including the governments of France, Spain, Mexico and Canada, concludes that Israel has a legal right to occupy territories under its control since 1967, including East Jerusalem and its Old City. To read Thomas Ice’s article on Gauthier’s thesis click HERE.

In the thesis, entitled “Sovereignty Over the Old City of Jerusalem”, Jacques Gauthier demonstrates in painstaking detail the conclusion that after examination of international law pertaining to belligerent occupation, until such time that a peace treaty is concluded, only Israel possesses the exclusive title of ownership over Jerusalem.

Gauthier, who is not Jewish, has presented his findings to the House of Commons in London, the Japanese parliament, the European parliament and a congressional committee in Washington.

Contrary to the claims made by Palestinian leaders, various NGOs, and certain members of the international community, international law fully recognizes the Jewish people historic claim to Jerusalem, which they have inhabited continuously for over 3,000 years and have been the largest ethnic group in the city since 1820.

According to Gauthier, a non-broken series of treaties and resolutions, as laid out by the San Remo Resolution, the League of Nations and the United Nations, gives the Jews title to the city of Jerusalem, which they have never relinquished. The process began at the San Remo conference in 1920, when the leaders of Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan agreed to create a Jewish national home in what is now the State of Israel.

Gauthier’s work, widely considered to be the most authoritative opinion covering the international status of the old city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel, flies in the face of UN Security Council’s resolution 2334 adopted on December 23 , 2016 which claims that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity and constitutes a “flagrant violation under international law” and is a “major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders”.

In spite of the UN resolution, the San Remo-based International law stands firmly on the side of Israel and against any Palestinian Authority or UN declarations, and anyone who claims that Palestinians have a right to East Jerusalem, which includes Judaism’s holiest sites, is engaging in historical revisionism.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]

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