The occupation of justice: the Supreme Court of Israel and the occupied territories

David Kretzmer, Yaël Ronen

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"This book is an updated and expanded study of the manner in which the Supreme Court of Israel has related to petitions challenging actions of the Israeli authorities in the territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 War. The first edition of the study was published two decades ago by one of the present authors, David Kretzmer. The original work was completed just before the second intifida began in September 2000. It covered decisions of the Supreme Court both during the formative years of the Court's jurisprudence on the occupation, and during the first intifada that broke out in December 1987. As stated in the preface to the first edition, the beginning of the second intifada proved that the hopes that the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO (1993-1995) would lead to peace between Israel and the Palestinians and to the end of the occupation were premature. At the present time (2020) an end to direct Israeli control over the West Bank and restrictions on life in Gaza does not seem to be in sight. The so-called peace plan published by the Trump Administration in February 2020, as we were completing the manuscript, does not alter that picture, although it may contribute to changes in the regime in the West Bank. Much that has happened since the first edition was published has affected the type of cases that reach the Supreme Court, and consequently the topics covered in this study. After a wave of suicide bombings in Israel in 2001 and 2002 the IDF embarked on a military operation in the West Bank. This operation and subsequent hostilities between the IDF and armed Palestinian groups yielded a host of petitions relating to means and methods of warfare and to judicial review during active hostilities. In 2002 the Israeli government began the construction of a separation barrier in the West Bank, the declared purpose of which was to make it more difficult for potential Palestinian terrorists to enter Israel itself. ... [long field truncated]
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages543
ISBN (Electronic)0190696028, 0190696036, 0190696044, 0190696052, 9780190696023, 9780190696030, 9780190696047, 9780190696054
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameSUNY series in Israeli studies
PublisherOxford University Press

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© Oxford University Press 2021.


  • Civilian settlements
  • Domestic courts
  • Geneva convention
  • International law
  • Israel
  • Judicial review
  • Occupation
  • Occupied territories
  • Palestinians
  • Security measures


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